IDF conversion bill passes first reading in Knesset

December 15, 2010 12:56

The controversial IDF conversion bill strongly passed in its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday afternoon. Passing by a margin of 74 voting in favor and only 18 MKs opposing.

Likud and Habayit Hayehudi voted in favor of the bill, with the orthodox Shas, UTJ and National Union parties opposing it. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud had withheld its support until the last minute, saying that he would only support the bill if no compromise could be reached with Interior Minister Eli Yishai's Shas party.

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