Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef said during his latest weekly sermon that he is against sentencing terrorists to death amid the vote to pass the death penalty bill in the Knesset. “There is no gain in it,” the rabbi clarified.
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Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef spoke against the death penalty for terrorists, a bill that is currently being promoted by the Israeli government. “This is not related to right-wing or left-wing, it is about reasoning,” said the rabbi during his latest weekly sermon.
“There is no gain in it – we are not the Sanhedrin [historic Jewish court of law],” said Yosef after being asked for his opinion on the bill. “If there is a case of a Jewish terrorist, killing him is against Jewish law.”
Yosef emphasized that according to Jewish law, only the Sanhedrin can determine death sentences. He also said that Jews around the world would be endangered if Israel decides to sentence terrorists to death. He emphasized that most Jewish scholars were against the death penalty.
Yosef is the son of former Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef. He is the president of the Rabbinic Court in Israel and is also an author and a Talmudic scholar.
As previously reported by JOL, a bill to allow capital punishment for terrorists passed a preliminary Knesset vote on Wednesday by a narrow majority. The vote marked a victory for Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has made the bill one of his major campaign vows.