Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo
Amar on Tuesday warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if the
latter did not prevent “the passing of the bill to disconnect the
conversions conducted in the military from the Chief Rabbinate,” he
would consider himself no longer responsibility for any matters
pertaining to conversions.
Amar, who in his capacity of
head of the rabbinic courts is charged with supreme authority over
conversions, wrote to Netanyahu that he has learned the premier is
firm in his intention to approve the bill penned by Israel Beiteinu
Mks David Rotem and Robert Ilatov, which passed the ministerial
committee for legislation on Sunday.
The chief rabbi reminded
Netanyahu of the conversation they had over the weekend and the
letter from Sunday, in which he expressed his objection to the bill,
which came into being after Amar formed a committee to advice him on
accepting the validity of the military conversions by issuing his
signature to the final certificates, a duty that had been disregarded
in the past years.