Rabbi Haim Steiner from the Tekuma faction of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) expressed his support, Thursday, for Rabbi Ya'akov Shapiro as Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Steiner cited Rabbi Shapiro's Torah scholarship, noting that he was approached by religious-court judges and other rabbis with questions on Jewish law even before he became the head of Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. In addition, he had experience in the office as the right-hand man of his father, Rabbi Avraham Shapiro, during the senior Shapiro's term as Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi.
Calling the younger Shapiro the most appropriate candidate, Rabbi Steiner said the other candidates should withdraw. He stressed the greatness of Rabbi Eliezer Igra as a Torah scholar but said Rabbi Shapiro was to be preferred for his experience in public leadership.