If there was any doubt as to Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef’s Shlita opinion of Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, it is now clear to all. The secular media jumped on the story as the Gadol Hador during his motzei Shabbos shiur referred to Lapid as “contemptible”. His exact words were ( לא תלך עם לפיד. זה מנוול זה, שונא את הישיבות) “Don’t go with Lapid. He is contemptible and hates the yeshivos”.
Nissim Ze’ev told Channel 2 TV that “Maran expressed sorrow and anger over the blow to the Torah world and I suggest that we check the records to see the statements made by Lapid vis-à-vis yeshivos.”
“With all due respect, you will not teach Maran about what can and cannot be said.
“When the word ‘contemptible’ is used, Maran refers to the actions of the individual and I do not see it as being as offensive as you make it out to be. Let us focus on the reality that Lapid wants to compel bnei Torah into the military and he also said ‘I don’t want to see the chareidim around the government table’.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)