Knife-wielding attackers should be killed: Israel chief rabbi

Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (left) pictured with Pope Francis in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014An Israeli chief rabbi said that knife-wielding attackers should be killed, after a call by the head of the armed forces to not use excessive firepower in combating a wave of Palestinian violence. “If a terrorist comes at someone with a knife, it is a (religious) duty to kill him –- he who comes to kill you, kill him first,” Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said on Saturday. “Don’t get all afraid of the courts, or if some chief of staff says something else,” Yosef said in a televised weekly sermon.

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