Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Asked Aide To Take The Fall For Him, Secret Tape Allegedly Shows
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
“If you take the blame in this case, I will give you a great deal of money as well as an apartment, just like Shula Zaken did for Ehud Olmert.”
These are the words haredi former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger allegedly said to an aide after police first arrested Metzger last June on fraud and corruption charges.
But what Metzger did not know is that his conversation with that aide was being recorded.
The resulting recording is reportedly only part of the evidence police have against Metzger, who reportedly stole millions of shekels while he was chief rabbi. That aide is allegedly the state’s lead witness against Metzger.
Metzger traveled to foreign countries in his official capacity as chief rabbi.
During those official trips Metzger fundraised for charities, some of which he controlled.
Metzger allegedly took as much as 50% of the money he raised for those charities as his personal commission and did not report that income to tax authorities.
The prosecution reportedly has more than one lead witness against Metzger and a large amount of evidence some aware of the details of the investigation are calling “air tight.”
Metzger has a long string of alleged corruption and sexual harassment allegations against him stretching back to the years before he was elected chief rabbi in a backroom deal orchestrated by then haredi-leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who was fully aware of the allegations against Metzger but backed him anyway.