Yisrael Beiteinu to veto ultra-Orthodox-promoted conversion bill

The party said it "strongly opposes" the bill, which is designed to give the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate complete control over conversions in Israel.
Deri (left), Lieberman Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

The Yisrael Beiteinu party says it will veto the controversial conversion bill, which seeks to grant the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate complete control over who can convert to Judaism.

In a letter to MK David Bitan, the chairman of the coalition, MK Robert Ilatov of Yisrael Beiteinu said his party "strongly opposes" the bill, adding that coalition agreements require special committees to determine in issues related to religion and state.

"The bill would create severe discrimination, deepen the divide within the Jewish people and harm many IDF-serving citizens of Israel, new Olim and diaspora Jews," Ilatov wrote.

MK Aryeh Deri, the chairman of ultra-Orthodox party Shas, said in response that "the bill will pass, because it was agreed upon by all the coalition party leaders and is meant to preserve the status quo."



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