After the candidacy of Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel for Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Israel dropped from the agenda, Rabbi Eliezer Igra, a judge on the Great Rabbinical Court, announced, Monday afternoon, that he was a candidate for the position. Rabbi Ariel's candidacy depended on an amendment to the Chief Rabbinate Law that would have allowed him to run in spite of his being 70 years old, which is currently not allowed. Submission of that amendment was withdrawn on Sunday.
Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Igra said he was approached to run by dozens of rabbis, including central and important figures in the religious Zionist movement but he withdrew when Rabbi Ariel announced his candidacy. The same rabbis approached him when Rabbi Ariel's candidacy finished.