Shas leader: Israel doesn’t need army since ultra-Orthodox prayers protect it


“Do you think that the people of Israel need an army?” Cohen asked during a sermon. “It is God almighty who fights for Israel.”


The foremost religious arbiter in the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Shas movement raised eyebrows on Wednesday when during a special prayer held at Jerusalem’s Western Wall for IDF soldiers, he remarked that “Israel doesn’t need an army.”

The comments by Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the man who succeeded the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as spiritual leader of Shas, drew rebukes from secular Israelis as IDF soldiers continue to operate in the Gaza Strip on the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge.

“Do you think that the people of Israel need an army?” Cohen asked during his sermon. “It is God almighty who fights for Israel.”

When stunned worshipers asked the rabbi to offer a blessing for IDF troops, he replied, “Do you think you are fighting? I am fighting for you. We screamed out to God: ‘Save us without inflicting anymore sorrow on the people of Israel’.”

The head of Hiddush, an organization that champions religious freedom and equality, lambasted the rabbi for the comments.

“If the country doesn’t need an army, then there’s no doubt that the yeshivas and Torah students don’t need budgets from the treasury,” Uri Regev, the director-general of Hiddush, said. “From now on, they can put their faith in the Lord when it comes to asking for money to fund their education systems. We will help the ultra-Orthodox in saying earnest prayers for money to start growing on trees.”

“At the end of the day, most of us believe that we do need an army, but we are quite uncertain as to whether we need Shas,” Regev said.

  1. #1 by Miroslav V. on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    What can one read from the face of the boy on the left? I read some weird mix of hatred and stupidity.

  2. #2 by Dante Ardenz on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    I heard that ‘Proted by God ‘,line since a boy,from them. The ‘Christians who fall,for them eat that up… Take note. On one side,we see the sexy secular women of Israel,whom the ugly Orthodox,want to subjugate,bucking the IDF,with lust,and the Orthodox,with Tribal Hate God-Yaweh. The Jew-LEFT/RIGHT-circle closed.

  3. #3 by Imperium on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    I can just see those faces condemning Jesus Christ. Stoning Steven,and James. Hiding behind Oliver Cromwell. Plotting the French Revolution. Financing the slave trade,into the USA,and Carribean. Plotting the Communist Revolution.Running Hungray under Bela Kuhn. Filling Churchill,and FDRS pockets for WW2. Working as Re Army Commisars,and US Intelligence,after WW2,terrorizing German,and other Europeans. Spying on the USA. Killing JFK.KIlling, the people of Palestine. Buying US ,and other Western Politicians. Plotting WW3 today. Here they are. Arent they so BEAUTIFUL ? “Gods Chosen People”. Millions idolize.

  4. #4 by NLG on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    Thou shalt not kill (a Jew).
    Thou shalt not steal (from a Jew).
    Thou shalt not bear false witness (against a Jew).
    Shall I go on?

  5. #5 by Sinope Mitchell on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    Mark, for many of your Christian/Catholic readers making sense of the jew and the Old Testament can be confusing. Especially when we juxtapose the differences between the hateful, murderous god of the OT and the loving God of the NT.

    Marcionism holds those answers — i suggest you spend a few minutes learning of it.

    Thank you,


  6. #6 by nooralhaqiqa on 07/24/2014 - 9:34

    The divide and conquer strategy is backfiring on them. As said before, leave them behind a wall with each other and they will self destruct.

    Hatred, they are all self hating Jews when you look at it.

    No army? Great idea but bad for business.

  7. #7 by Iranian Guy on 07/25/2014 - 9:34

    If I believed in god, I’d pray for these pompous bastards to be arrogant enough to dissolve their military and put themselves wholly under gods benevolent protection.

  8. #8 by girlt on 07/25/2014 - 9:34

    As most here know- swastika is an ancient sun sign/or sign of a comet. Not sure why it was used in a jewish context as there was never any intrinsic connection (like with the Star of Remphan, the misnamed ‘star of david’)

    Call Swastika Festival to Urge Fight Against Jews
    July 25, 1926

    Bucharest (Jul. 23)

    (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

    The festival of the Swastika, the emblem of the European anti-Semitic organizations which also signifies a revolt of the anti-Semites against the Jewish elements in the Christian religion, was declared yesterday by the Christian Leagues, the anti-Semitic organization throughout Roumania, under the leadership of Professor Alexander Cuza.

    The festival coincided with the Feast of Saint Mary Magdelene when the entire population attended church. The Christian Leagues arranged for special services and meetings throughout the country, at which the population was urged to fight the Jews.

    Read more:

  9. #9 by ray on 07/25/2014 - 9:34

    ´the UGLY truth are those two faces (or feces?)….

  10. #10 by Sertorius on 07/26/2014 - 9:34

    I’m glad to have this reaffirmed by Rabbi Cohen. For years I’ve argued that because these are g_d’s chosen people that America can leave Israel to its own devices and not have to waste money or lives on it. In short, let God defend them if he wishes. I don’t.

  11. #11 by Eco on 07/26/2014 - 9:34


  12. #12 by Isaac on 07/27/2014 - 9:34

    God the almighty? why don’t you Cohen tell the truth for the first time in your life.
    The God of the Jews is SATAN and Jesus Christ told them: John 8 – 44 “You are of your father the Devil and the lust of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks he speaks of his own; (the Jews) for he is a liar, and the father of it.

  13. #13 by Isaac on 07/27/2014 - 9:34

    The Jews have two Gods. SATAN AND GOLD.
    The same God of the Hebrews Jehovah coursed them and damned them for being the most retrograde wicked beings in the face of the planet. Read the book of Jeremiah. see for yourself.

  14. #14 by Isaac on 07/27/2014 - 9:34

    Those two “FECES” are weird. Their ears are sticking out of their head, the nose is like a hook, the way they look is satanic, ugly, their face don’t inspire any sympathy, etc. I wouldn’t be around them. They look mean.

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