Chief Rabbi Ratzon Arusi of the Tel Aviv suburb of Kiryat Ono announced, Monday, that he is entering the race for Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. The rabbi said, two months ago, that he would run if a deal fell through which would have allowed the candidacy of incumbent Shlomo Amar for the post and that of Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel for Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi.
Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service on Tuesday, Rabbi Arusi said he was approached, following the collapse of the deal, by many people who complained about the politicization of the post and the elections. He said the Rabbinate must not be tied to sectors because the ties lead to deals that have soured the Rabbinate. He proposed the establishment of committees, supervised by the chief rabbis, that will get things done and not just exist in name.