He was four when he came with his parents from Basra to live in Israel and spent two years in Cairo in the 1940s. And he was actually much more moderate and tolerant in his younger days. He was, and possibly still is, a great scholar. "Despite his controversial public comments, Rabbi Yosef has long been a distinguished rabbinical authority advocating peace negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has done so since the late 1980s. His main justification is the halakhic principle of Pikuach Nefesh, in which all the Jewish commandments (excluding adultery, idolatry, and murder) are put on hold if a life is put in danger." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovadia_Yosef#Position_on_the_Israeli-Palestinian_conflict // But his latter-day pronouncements reflect a tyranny that may be coming from another quarter: his very own offspring.
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