Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Saturday that IDF soldiers were killed during the Second Lebanon War because they didn't observe mitzvot (commandments of the Jewish law), Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
In his weekly sermon, delivered just two weeks after Israel marked the war's first anniversary, Shas' spiritual leader said, "It is no wonder that soldiers are killed in war; they don't observe Shabbat, don't observe the Torah, don't pray every day, don't lay phylacteries on a daily basis - so is it any wonder that they are killed? No, it's not.
"God have mercy on them (soldiers) and make them become newly religious - then they will all live a good life in peace," Rabbi Ovadia said.
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