Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud) caused controversy when he blamed two massive earthquakes which hit Italy on Wednesday for the country’s vote in favor of a UNESCO resolution disregarding a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.
The deputy minister, who was in Italy when the earthquakes hit, ascribed the natural disasters to divine will.
The resolution itself sparked an outcry in Israel and among the international Jewish community since it disregarded the Jewish connection to its holy sites in Jerusalem.
Kara headed an Israeli delegation to the Vatican which was sent in an effort to shore up opposition for the resolution. Kara even managed to have a short conversation with the Pope during his visit.