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Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak. 'God put on a ventilator there' Photo: Niv Rosenberg
Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak. 'God put on a ventilator there' Photo: Niv Rosenberg
Damage caused by Sandy Photo: Yishay Sharabani
Damage caused by Sandy Photo: Yishay Sharabani

Israeli rabbi: US got a 'nice hurricane'

Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak implies superstorm Sandy was message from God against Israel's dependence on America, lashes out at 'President Obamba' for 'enslaving Israel'

Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 11.01.12, 13:41 / Israel Jewish Scene

While the US East Coast is still coming to grips with the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, some people are already making jokes at the Americans' expenses.


Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, who is best known for trying to help Jews to become more religious, commented on the natural disaster in a lecture he delivered in the city of Ma'ale Adumim: "Here we have America, with all of its magnitude, dealing with a nice hurricane."


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Imitating the sound of wind blowing, the rabbi added: "God put on a ventilator there. See how much damage and how many people have been killed, etc, etc – and that's just the first round."


He implied that the storm was a message from God against the State of Israel's dependence on the United States, and that he had a more efficient and simple answer to all its needs. "God has no problem helping his sons, but the sons must recognize their father," he explained.


"Why do we agree to follow the American's chain like a dog? So he can tie us to a tree and say, 'Now I'll let you go for a walk, now you stay here?' For $3 million?! Who tells a person, 'Give me money and I'll be your slave?' Have you ever heard of such a thing? Where is your freedom?" the rabbi rebuked the State of Israel.


'US comparable to Esau'

Yitzhak went on to argue that "no one surrenders to America today. No one. Just us. Saudi Arabia cut off ties with them, Egypt severed ties, Syria doesn't listen to them, Iran disregards them. Ahmadi (Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) goes there and calls them 'the Great Satan' and they don't stop him. North Korea laughs at them and developed nukes without asking them.


"The entire world shows contempt for the Americans, does whatever it wants, and the Americans beg for 'negotiations' and tell Ahmadi once and again that they want 'negotiations,' and only to us they keep saying, 'Well? Well? Well?'" the rabbi added.


"We are the only people that remains backward, that willingly places itself under foreign rule. Instead of a sovereign country –a colony of the United States."


According to Yitzhak, the Americans want Israel to be "devoted to them, captured by them," and that is the reason why they have prevented the Jewish state many times from developing advanced weapons – so that it depends on their military aid.


"(US President) 'Obamba' said that America's interests come before Israel's interests, until (Republican presidential candidate Mitt) Romney told him that he should be ashamed of himself."


Rabbi Yitzhak concluded by likening Israel to Jacob and the US to Esau, and lectured the Americans for not practicing restraints in their wars as they expect Israel to do.


He ruled that without US intervention, Israel could have ended its war with Iran before it even began – "on a small scale, as they say, without any noise, without any shouting, without any problem" – and stop the rocket fire on Israel's southern communities "without entering Gaza."



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