Likud-Shas deal to transfer rabbinical courts to Religious Services Ministry evokes criticism

A clause in the coalition deal between Likud and Shas in which the authority over the rabbinical courts system will be transferred from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Religious Services has been widely criticized from several quarters for the implications such a step will have towards women’s divorce rights.

In addition to this transfer of authority, the coalition deal between Likud and United Torah Judaism stipulates that the new government pass legislation to expand the Committee for the Appointment of Rabbinical Judges from 11 to 13 members by adding an extra minister and an extra MK, with at least one of the two coalition MKs on the panel will coming from United Torah Judaism.

The deal with Shas also grants the haredi party control of the Ministry for Religious Services.


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