There's this website that's dedicated to "explaining" to the Dati-LeUmi world the errs of their ways when it comes to the State and Zionism. So they quote all kinds of Rabbonim and Gedolim who made all kinds of statements, basically trying to scare them into abandoning what they've been taught. It's a commendable idea, one that the Rebbe was basically for. He often said that believing that the State is Aschalta DeGeulah is MeAkev the Geulah, so discouraging belief is a good thing. In my Google search on 20 Kislev, the Yohrtzeit of the last Pachad Yitzchok (not the Boyaner) I came across the following site that has quotes from him about the State, although he considered himself a Talmid and MeKabel of Harav Kook, (Actually, he tried to cover it up....) and I doubt there was a whole lot of kano'us going at YRCB in those years. In any case here's what they bring:
כשקרא מרן ה"פחד יצחק" על עובדת מחויבותם של רבני ודייני הרבנות החילונית הראשית להישבע
אמונים למדינה אמר: "יש להאמין לי כשקראתי בבוקר על הנ"ל בכיתי כתינוק בן יומו ממש. כל הפרוצדורה של השבעת אמונים למדינה- וואס פאר אן אינשיקעניש איז דאס? מי שמע מעולם על השבעת אמונים של דיין בישראל- לא רק למדינה, אלא לשום אדם, לשום גוף או לשום דבר- מלבד לדיני השלחן ערוך?! אין כאן אלא חיקוי זול להצהרה האנגלו-סקסונית כשאדם מתמנה למשרה ממשלתית" (ספר הזכרון למרן ה"פחד יצחק", עמ' מג')
Free Translation: When Moron the Pachad Yitzchok (Rav Y Hutner - HT) read about the Rabbonim and Dayonim of the Chief (secular??) Rabbinate needing to swear allegiance to the State he said: "Believe me; when I read about it this morning I cried like an infant. What kind of "Onshikinesh" is this? Whoever heard of a Rov or Dayan swearing allegiance to anything but the Shulchan Aruch? This is nothing but a cheap immitation of the Anglo-Saxon declaration, where a Government minister swears allegiance when he gets elected." (Sefer HaZikaron LeMoron HaPachad Yitzchok pg 43)
A fair statement, but I'm not quite sure how that's supposed to dissuade a sworn Mizrachi guy from abandoning his beliefs. Anyway, on one of my browsing sessions I came across some interesting photos of just such a ceremony, where the Rabbonim and Dayonim swore allegiance to the State in a ceremony presided over by President Zalman Shazar. Of course we have the usual "suspects," such as Rav Ovadia Yosef, but we also have unusual suspects, who I guess didn't think it was such an "Onshikinesh" after all. We always knew that he sat on the "Secular" Chief Rabbinate but we never thought of it in the context of swearing allegiance to the State of Israel, we thought he was doing a job, no more. But now it all takes on a whole different perspective, he was defying not only the Brisker Rov all those years, and the Brisker - true to form - still haven't forgiven him no matter what the rest of the Yeshivishers say, but also the Pachad Yitzchok. We also know that although he eventually resigned from the Rabbinate after the issue with Rabbi Goren being Mattir the Mamzerim, he never thought twice when swearing allegiance. So the next time you see Reb Aron Schechter visit Rav Elyashiv ask him how he visits the man who defied the man he succeeded.
(Photo from BeChadrei Charedim, Hydepark)
See anybody famous here?! like the man second from right with white beard, "up" hat and glasses?