The Movement for Quality Government (MQG) on Tuesday, 5 Adar sent a letter to the Office of Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, requesting that he refrain from making a planned visit to Netivot on the eve of the elections for the 20th Knesset.
The rav is planning his first visit to the southern city next week, which the MQG feels will send a subliminal message to voters to back Shas in the election. The movement feels such a visit at this time would be illegal, and it is calling on the rav to postpone his visit.
MQG officials explain the election law prohibits civil servants from taking part in electioneering and therefore, a chief rabbi may not take part in any activity for one party or another.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)