I actually agree that no rabbi should ever sully his position by becoming president of the state. It's bad enough that we suffer for the meglomanic territorial ambitions of the secularists; we should not appear to link Judaism to those despicable policies. However, the reasons given in the editorial are unworthy. Mr Lau has never been charged, or even investigated, although the allegations have been floating around for a long time. Is this perhaps a cynical plot to wait until he becomes president before investigating him? More important though is the second accusation, that his religious beliefs would impinge on his position. Had he been a secularist doctor opposed to genetic testing or teminating preganancy, for whatever maverick reason - that would not have bothered the author of this editorial. But since he is coming from a position of religious belief, he is automatically disqualified. It is reassuring to see just how far bigotry can be applied in the name of democracy.
Two seriously wounded in crime-related shooting in Netanya (Haaretz)
from the article: Rabbi Lau is unworthy