Gov't defers key vote on IDF conversion bill

December 12, 2010 16:33


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The government on Sunday agreed to defer the cabinet vote on the Israel Beiteinu's proposed bill to grant the IDF Rabbinate the ability to grant conversions independent from Chief Rabbinate review until this Wednesday at the earliest.

The decision to delay the vote came as a result of an agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shas ministers Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias to avoid the possibility of the bill's tearing the coalition apart. As Shas's appeal against the Ministerial Committee for Legislation's decision to support the bill was still standing, it could seriously impede coalition support for the bill if it came to a government vote on Wednesday.

The coalition would seek to find a way to solve the impasse between Shas and Israel Beiteinu regarding the bill in a manner that respected the views and honor of the Chief Rabbinate and Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Netanyahu said after reaching the decision.

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