Controversial bill seeks to keep chief rabbis in office

The Knesset approved Wednesday a preliminary reading of a bill that would change the law limiting a chief rabbi’s term to 10 years. According to a proposal by MK Eli Aflalo (Kadima), backed by other members of his party, chief rabbis – including those currently in office – would be permitted to put forth their candidacy for another term.

Aflalo explained in March that he was merely reversing the abnormal situation created by the law limiting the chief rabbis’ term, which was aimed against former Chief Rabbis Ovadia Yosef and Shlomo Goren.

Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger are nearing the end of their terms in office, which finish in 2013, and elements within Shas, as well as some senior members of the government, are seeking ways to keep Amar in his position.


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