"Unfortunately, to date the rabbis of Tzohar have yet to prove themselves in this area," she said. "Despite the vast power they hold they have avoided working toward broad solutions, such as promoting prenuptial agreements that could prevent thousands of women from being refused divorces every year."
While elections for chief rabbi will not be held for another six months, there are already three religious Zionist rabbis contending for the post of Ashkenazi chief rabbi: Stav, Igra and Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, the head of Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.
Meanwhile, Stav has also been collecting signatures, and last week he issued a list of supporters that included three leading religious Zionist rabbis: Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, head of Yeshivat Har Etzion; Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, the former chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces; and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the rabbi of Beit El, who is seen as a member of the conservative camp. Aviner, however, has since withdrawn his support of Stav, saying that since he signed the letter, "Things that [Stav] said and wrote that to me seem irregular were brought to my attention."