During his very brief address in Knesset on Wednesday, 18 Tammuz 5773, MK (Labor) Eitan Cabel turned to chareidi elected officials. He instructed them to stop butting into matters pertaining to the election of new chief rabbis.
Cabel explained to them that the chareidi tzibur does not rely upon the Chief Rabbinate and its services but still wishes to play a role in the election.
“We are in the heat of the struggle to appoint new chief rabbis and I look at my chareidi colleagues and see that they are at the heart of this struggle and I ask myself what is their role. What does the chief rabbinate have to do with them?
“Nevertheless, they want to affect our lives regarding what we eat, where we eat, where and how we go out recreationally, and what will be permitted on Shabbos. They wish to dictate the outcome and control our lives… Therefore I turn to my colleagues from the chareidi parties to please permit us to involve ourselves in this election which will have an impact on our lives, not yours.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)