Religious-Zionist rabbis lost to chareidi-religious rabbis for the two Chief Rabbi posts because religious-Zionist politicians tried to fight the chareidi world, according to Rabbi Mordechai Nagari, the religious Zionist Chief Rabbi of Maaleh Adumim.
“Unfortunately, the terrible stupidity of the religious-Zionist movement, which just this week supported the enlistment law, created a war here with the general public against the Torah scholars,” Rabbi Nagari told Arutz Sheva.
“Of course then the Torah scholars rose like lions to vote against religious Zionism, no matter who its candidates were,” he explained. “It was a war, one camp against the other.”
“The minute that the great Torah sages Rav Ovadia [Yosef] and Rav [Aharon Leib] Shteinman entered the picture, the battle was decided,” he said.
Every time the religious-Zionist community goes up against the chareidi community, it loses, Rabbi Nagari warned.
“We fought against the Torah, we got the Disengagement, we fought against the Torah again and we got the European boycott which hurts Yehudah and Shomron, and the rabbis’ loss [in the Rabbinate elections],” he argued.
“I advise Naftali Bennett not to talk about a national referendum. That’s not what will save us, what will protect Eretz Yisroel is protecting the Torah world,” he added.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.