1. I am looking to find a corroborating source for this. I have checked the other major Israeli online papers and none of them have shared the same story. While I am not saying I don’t believe it, I am sceptical that I cannot find it anywhere else.
2. The title is misleading. The article itself quotes R. Yosef as saying both that the leftists are angels of destruction and that we should only trust Torah observant people on the right. This is more of a condemnation of the whole political system.
3. And therefore? Why would anyone find statements from R. Ovadiah to be surprising. He is known to make rabble-rousing comments often. For once though, it would be nice to see a full transcript with context because it is hard to know the true intent of his words from newspaper snippets.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas‘ spiritual leader, slammed the Israeli Left in his weekly sermon Saturday evening, referring to leftists as “angels of destruction” – in other words, harm-doers.
“God Almighty judges people, and has created angels on the right and on the left. The rightists speak positively, and the leftists say derogatory things,” the rabbi said while addressing the Jewish New Year.
“Here too we have leftists now, but they are all angels of destruction,” Yosef said.
The audience laughed, and the rabbi went on to slam the secular Right: “This why each and every person should adopt rightist angels… Not Likud, rightist angels of Torah, who will speak positively about him on Rosh Hashana.”
Rabbi Yosef’s weekly sermon has been delivered since 1973, is very popular and is broadcast via satellite all over the world. The sermon usually engages in halachic issues and the weekly Torah portion, although the rabbi often addresses current affairs, without political correctness considerations.
The rabbi has sparked quite a few rows in the past due to his controversial remarks.
In December, he implied that the fire raging on Mount Carmel in northern Israel, which left dozens of wardens and firefighters dead, was a punishment from God for religious offenses committed by the area’s residents.