When I lived in South Africa, every shul I ever went to had the Rabbi's seat facing the congregation. From what I've seen in other shuls in the USA, UK and Australia, the practice seems universal; the reason is already given by this answer.
So it was a surprise to me when I made aliya to find that many shuls in Israel have the Rabbi facing forward. Curiously, from my empirical observations, it appears that the split is along political lines; the Dati Leumi shuls have the Rabbi facing forward, while the Haredi shuls have him facing the congregation.
Is there a particular reason why this should be so? Like maybe a teshuva by Rav Kook or some other DL posek?