Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Saturday called for Jews to pray during the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday for the destruction of Israel's enemies, mainly Iran and Hezbollah, Army Radio reported.
“When we say the blessing over the dates, and we ask to ‘bring an end to our enemies,’ we should be thinking about Iranian rulers, those evil ones who threaten Israel. May the Lord destroy and kill them," Yosef was quoted as saying during a weekly address.
Yosef said worshippers should direct their thoughts toward Israel's enemies during Rosh Hashanah.
"We have Hezbollah and we have Iran," Yosef was quoted as saying. "May the Lord, blessed be he, eliminate them from the face of the earth."
A little more than a week ago, Yosef was briefed by National Security Council chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror on Iran's nuclear program.
During that meeting, Amidror gave Yosef an updated situational assessment on the Iranian threat and presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's position on the issue.
According to a report on the ultra-Orthodox news website Kikar Hashabat, Yosef's previous opposition to a military strike against Iran softened following the meeting with Amidror. However, the report said Yosef had yet to express his opinion and more meetings with government officials are expected on the matter.