MK Rotem to promote IDF conversion bill, despite rabbis

January 14, 2011 12:22

Knesset Law Committee Chairman (Israel Beiteinu) intends to continue to promote the IDF conversion bill, he said on Friday, despite Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's ruling that military conversions are kosher.

"The chief rabbinate did not solve the problem," Rotem said. "We already knew that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is a Torah scholar who knows how to solve problems, but where is the critical solution for those that were converted in the past?"

"Tomorrow another chief rabbi will come along and decide that conversions are not okay, and then what will be?" Rotem asked. "Therefore, we need to continue with the legislative process."

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