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        6/28/2013, Tammuz 20, 5773

      Report: Jewish Home will Support Rabbi Eliyahu


      Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) will support the candidacy of Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to be the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, according to a Friday-morning report by Ma'ariv/nrg. The rabbi agreed with Party Chairman Naftali Bennett and other Knesset members from the party to look at ways to advance the rabbi's candidacy.

      Members of the party expressed its understanding that before they can publicly work for Rabbi Eliyahu's candidacy, they must find a way to prevent media criticism of his past statements against Jews in Tzfat renting or selling property to Arabs. The rabbi and the party recently agreed that he will find a way to apologize or express regret over those statements.