Who was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef inciting? He was only inciting God. Is the State Department afraid that Rabbi Yosef has pull with the Holy One?
This controversy over the rabbi’s latest sermon is silly. Rabbi Yosef is praying to God that He smite Israel’s enemies. Fine. If Muslim clerics prayed to God that He smite the Jews, fine.
Rabbi Yosef did not call on Jews to murder innocent Palestinians. Rabbi Yosef did not call on Jews to do anything bad to Palestinians.
I don’t think the rabbi’s remarks are a big deal. There is all the difference in the world between calling on God to do something harsh and calling on people to do something harsh.