Yisrael Beytenu backs Tzohar’s Rabbi Stav for chief rabbi

The national religious group Tzohar announced on Thursday that Yisrael Beytenu would be supporting the organization’s chairman Rabbi David Stav in the upcoming election for the position of Ashkenazi chief rabbi.
“Through responsibility for the future of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, through the belief that the chief rabbinate is an important institution in safeguarding the Jewish identity of the state, and through a desire to see the chief rabbinate as a body that serves Israeli citizens in religious and Jewish matters, we will work towards the election of Rabbi David Stav as Israel’s Chief Rabbi,” said Yisrael Beytenu MK and chairwoman Faina Kirshenbaum in a statement to the press.
The ten-year terms of current Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shomo Amar are due to expire later this year, with elections to fill the posts slated for June.
There are several possible candidates for the position of Ashkenazi chief rabbi, including Stav, as well as two other national-religious rabbis, Eliezer Igra – a rabbinical judge on the Supreme Rabbinical Court and and Yaakov Shapira, dean of the MEerkaz Harav yeshiva.