Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has called on Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger to resign. metzger lied to police during a corruption investigation against him, and has a record of fraud and corruption streaching back years. metzger won his office with the backing of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Rabbi Elyashiv – whose spokespeople admit knew about the corruption before endorsing Metzger – endorsed Metzger to stop religious zionist Rabbi Ariel from winning the post. Rabbi Ariel, a posek in his own right, did not need to rely on Rabbi Elyashiv for halakhic decisions. Metzger – who had never served as a religious judge and is not a posek – is dependent on Rabbi Elyashiv in these areas. Rabbi Elyashiv’s publicly-stated motive for endorsing Metzger was "to bring glory back to the Chief Rabbinate."
[Hat tip: Calvin not Hobbes.]
UPDATE 4-4-06: The Jerusalem Post has just gotten around to listing some of Metzger’s lies:
According to Mazuz, police investigators ended up looking into more than just the affair reported by Channel 2. One investigation dealt with allegations that Metzger had stayed over with his family at the Kings Hotel in Jerusalem over Shavuot in 2003, after being invited to speak at the nearby Yeshurun Synagogue. The Chief Rabbinate paid for his room, while the synagogue paid for a room for his children.
The second investigation had to do with the rental contract he negotiated for an apartment in Jerusalem paid for by the Chief Rabbinate. Metzger signed the contract on November 11, 2003 but made it retroactive until August 27, even though he had not lived there during those months. During the retroactive period, Metzger stayed several times at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel. This meant that on these occasions, the Chief Rabbinate was paying twice for his accommodation for the same nights. In his rental contract, Metzger also agreed to move out of the house for Jewish holidays if the owners gave him 45 days advance notice.
Regarding the David Citadel Hotel, police found that Metzger had stayed over for four holidays, not just one. He took rooms during Succot 2003, Pessah 2004, Shavuot 2004 and Succot 2004. On all but the last, he was also paying rent for his Jerusalem home.
Police also investigated the "much reduced rates" that Metzger paid for his David Citadel rooms. Among other things, the police investigated whether or not the hotel rabbi had helped obtain the low rates for Metzger and whether he had received anything in return for his alleged help. The police found that the Chief Rabbinate later put the rabbi in charge of its system of supervising milking by video.…
[Hat Tip: The Big Megillah.]