CHIEF RABBI Yona Metzger 370.
(photo credit: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
Former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger accused what he termed the
“bloodthirsty media” and other enemies of sparking a false criminal
investigation against him to prevent him from running for a second
In an exclusive interview with Channel 10, on Saturday night,
Metzger mocked the investigation that accuses of him of accepting bribes by
receiving discounts for stays at fancy hotels certified by the Chief
He said Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef told him that when he
was chief rabbi, he regularly stayed with his extended family at hotels for
“What they call bribery nowadays is ridiculous,” Metzger told
interviewer Avishay Ben-Haim.
Metzger, who along with three other men, is
suspected of being involved in the fraud and bribery
of hundreds of thousands of shekels
from charities, declined to address other aspects of the case against him.
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