This morning, Rabbi Aaron Lichtenstein was buried in Israel. He was one of the true luminaries of the orthodox rabbinate. Here is a snippet of an interview he gave to the Israeli news outlet, Walla, in 2011.
Motti Levi: You recently signed an open letter of protest opposing the rabbis who announced their support for President [Moshe] Katzav [who was convicted in Israel of rape]. What was the basis for your position?
Rabbi Lichtenstein: I approach this issue not out of a sense that I know if he [former President Katzav; ML] is guilty or not. I didn’t read the material and I don’t have the tools to make a determination on the issue itself. But that’s not the point. The point is, and was, the attitude we, as citizens of the State of Israel, have to a civilized system of justice. Here were some rabbis who wrote an open letter that dismissed, with the stroke of a pen, the entire legal system and its many layers, saying in effect that the whole system is either stupid or evil. I know the verses the rabbis cited from the book of Isaiah just as well as they do. But what do they want? To have no legal system whatsoever? To live in total social anarchy?
Translation by Susann Codish. See full translation of interview here.