Rabbi Ovadia Yosef speaks:
“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.…“[W]hen soldiers believe and pray, God helps them during the war. (These soldiers) don’t get killed.”…
This is perhaps the most obscene statement I have ever seen by a Jewish religious leader.
[Hat Tip: The Beadle.]