MK (Yesh Atid) Elazar Stern launched an attack against Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, calling him “Deri’s marionette”. Minister of Tourism (Likud) Yariv Levin demanded Stern take back his harsh accusation.
There was much shouting in the Knesset plenum session surrounding Stern’s words, as Stern attacked not only Rav Yosef but the chareidi MKs as well. His remarks surrounded their staunch opposition to private giyur.
To his credit, Levin explained “The Chief Rabbi is not present and therefore, he cannot defend himself against your accusations in the face of the wild and unbridled attack. There is a huge public in Israel, an absolute majority, which respects the Chief Rabbis also respects the institution of the Rabbinate”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)