FM says conversion bill will be brought to Knesset 'as is'

December 14, 2010 19:07

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that the new IDF conversion bill will be brought to a vote in the Knesset on Wednesday, despite opposition from Shas, and he believes it will be passed.

Lieberman said the bill will be presented "as is" and that Israel Beiteinu refuses to insert any changes into the wording of the bill. The foreign minister added that he does not expect a political crisis to be triggered by the move, and that his party "respects Judaism and Jewish values, we are not an anti-religious party. We respect the traditions of Israel and the Chief Military Rabbi is a distinguished authority that is serious enough to be the final authority on conversion."

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