Liberman: Haredi parties control government, Israeli society captive to extremist elements

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman strongly denounced on Sunday the government’s expected reversal of the conversion reforms adopted by the last government in today’s cabinet meeting.

The reforms, spearheaded by former MK Elazar Stern with the backing of moderate national-religious organizations, were designed to make the conversion system more accessible principally by allowing Orthodox rabbis with a more lenient approach to Jewish conversion to establish their own conversion courts.

The purpose of the law was to raise conversion rates among the immigrant population, and their children, from the former Soviet Union, some 330,000 of whom are not considered Jewish according to Jewish law.


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