Kulanu fights Shas bill requiring rabbinical input on legislation

July 18, 2015 22:49


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Kulanu worked to block a bill by Shas MK Yoav Ben-Tzur that would give the Chief Rabbinate an unprecedented say in legislation related to religion and state, which is going to a ministerial vote Sunday.

Ben-Tzur, a close ally of Shas chairman Economy Minister Arye Deri, recently proposed bills relating to kashrut and conversion that sparked controversy within the coalition, added another one to the list with his initiative to amend the Chief Rabbinate Law to make “giving an opinion to the Knesset in the framework of every legislative process on the subject of religion and state” one of the jobs of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate.

The initiative is cosponsored by one MK each from UTJ – Menachem Eliezer Moses - and Bayit Yehudi – Bezalel Smotrich – and three from Likud – Miki Zohar, David Amsalem and Avraham Naguise.

A Kulanu source said on Saturday night that the party does not like the bill and is trying to find ways to block it, pointing out that the proposal is not in any coalition agreements.

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