Rabbi David Stav 370.
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Signification opposition from within the government was expressed on Tuesday to
any deal being formulated by Bayit Yehudi to put forward Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, the
municipal chief rabbi of Ramat Gan, as the national-religious candidate for
Ashkenazi chief rabbi.
In a statement to the media, Yisrael Beytenu
denied that there was any agreement between it and Bayit Yehudi and reiterated
its support for Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the national-religious Tzohar
rabbinical association, as a candidate for the position.
emphasizes once more that it is supporting Rabbi David Stav for chief rabbi, and
sees him as the only figure who can bring about the desired change in the
rabbinate,” the statement read.
The Hatnua party, led by Justice Minister
Tzipi Livni, announced on Tuesday that it would not support any legislation
designed for specific individuals, citing two bills which may be proposed within
the context of the elections for chief rabbi.
Current Sephardi Chief
Rabbi Shlomo Amar would only be able to stand for reelection if legislation is
passed allowing someone to serve in the position for two terms. Ariel, 79, would
need legislation permitting someone over age 70 to run for chief
“Even if we’re talking about people who are fitting for a
position, legislation needs to be devised on a general basis and with universal
values, and not stitched together for the needs of a [specific] person,” said
Livni in a statement to the press.
Bayit Yehudi is currently trying to
formulate a deal whereby the party will advance legislation to allow Amar to
stand for a second term in order to gain backing from Shas – with whom Amar is
closely tied – for a national-religious candidate.
national-religious leader Rabbi Haim Druckman is promoting Ariel as that
candidate, which would require yet more legislation for the same
Hatnua and Yesh Atid have both expressed support for Stav as
Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and have indicated that they would be opposed to
legislation allowing Ariel to stand.
Citing anonymous sources, Israel
HaYom reported on Tuesday that Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett had met with
Netanyahu, who agreed to advance the requisite legislation for the deal.