HAARETZ, ISRAEL - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief rabbi and the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas movement, said that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for U.S. President George W. Bush's support for Israel's Gaza pullout. "It was God's retribution. God does not shortchange anyone," Yosef said during his weekly sermon. His comments were broadcast on Channel 10 TV on Wednesday. Yosef also said recent natural disasters were the result of a lack of Torah study and that Katrina's victims suffered "because they have no God," singling out black people.