Knesset legal advisor Eyal Yinon has joined those voicing their opposition to the so-called Amar Bill, the bill which would permit a chief rabbi to serve a second term. Yinon believes that even if the bill is passed it would not be applicable for the current election for new chief rabbis for the election process has been underway for some time.
In his official legal opinion, released on Monday, 2 Tammuz 5773, Yinon states that the election process has been underway for sometime so even if the Knesset passes the bill into law, it would not be relevant to Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Shlomo Amar serving a second term.
Needless to say the legal opinion will be met with a harsh response from Shas, but in the eyes of many, it has laid the path to disqualify the Amar Bill from having any impact on the upcoming election of the new Chief Rabbis of Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)