Israel's AG Urges Eliyahu to Drop 'Inappropriate' Bid for Chief Rabbi in Light of anti-Arab Remarks

AG Weinstein says comments made by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, currently Safed's chief rabbi, over the years bring legal difficulties to his candidacy; Weinstein's recommendation is not binding however, as chief rabbi is not a government position.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein informed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu on Monday evening that it would be inappropriatefor the latter to run for the post of Sephardi chief rabbi, in light of certain contentious remarks and the "legal difficulties" posed by his candidacy.