From Capital New York:
Yossi Gestetner, a Hasidic operative who worked for the New York State G.O.P. as a liaison to religious Jewish voters, resigned from his position today, writing on Twitter that his job had become a “distraction” to the party.
Shortly after that, The Jewish Channel wrote, “Prior to our airing an investigation and interview tonight, @nygop official @yossigestetner has resigned.”
A source familiar with the situation said Gestetner’s resignation was the result of that interview, in which, according to the source, Gestetner suggested that he himself was not a Zionist. The source said Gestetner also contended in the interview that the G.O.P. was actually the party of big government, and defended his association with a Orthodox Brooklyn man who was accused of sexual abuse*.
For his part, Gestetner says his anti-Zionism has nothing to do with it, and instead he’s just the victim of an old fashioned political deal cut between Democratic state senate candidate Simcha Felder and Republican State Senate leader Dean Skelos.
Some reports, based on a Jewish Channel that has less views in a busy week than what I have on a slow day, suggest I resigned because I didn’t pledge loyally to the Israeli flag in a recent interview. This is nuts because I am more pragmatic on the Israeli issue than Satmar; a community that Skelos and the GOP is more than happy to work with. (In fact, at age 21 my op-ed ran in the Rockland Journal News ripping the Neturei Karta; a public stance that few Israeli-flag-waving Americans have done at age forty). Some claim that my personal stance how to approach the abuse cases in the Orthodox Jewish Community was an issue with the GOP. This too is crap, since my opinion is similar to the one taken by Agudath Israel; an Orthodox Jewish organization that Mr. Skelos and the GOP work with all the time. Therefore, I do maintain again that Skelos’ boys and my work to push fair and balanced treatment of Orthodox Jews in the public arena, has been a distraction to the State Committee, and as such I stepped aside.