Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  7/24/2013, Av 17, 5773

Bennett Calls For Chief Rabbi Electoral Reform


Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi - National Union) wished success and praise to the two newly elected Chief Rabbis of Israel. However he also called for electoral reform.

"The election campaign highlighted the need for significant changes in the Rabbinate," he said. As head of the Bayit Yehudi - National Union faction in the Knesset, Bennett and his party leaned toward Rabbi David Stav, founder of the Tzohar movement. Rabbi Stav came in second in the race for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi. "The revolution has already begun," Bennett said, citing what he saw as changes in the way religious councils are formulated.

Bennett nevertheless pledged his support for both the new Chief Rabbis and his continued support for those who did not succeed, urging a sense of unity.