Reb Ovadia: Katrina is God's punishment for disengagement
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said this week that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for U.S. President George W. Bush’s support for Israel’s disengagement from Gaza. [Note: inexplicably, he also blamed New Orleans’ black residents failure to study Torah] “It was God’s retribution – God does not short-change anyone,” Yosef said during his weekly sermon on Tuesday. His comments were carried yesterday on the Yedioth Ahronoth news Web site, Y-net. Shas official Tzvika Yaacobson did not deny Ovadia made the comments, but said they had been taken out of context.