Reform, Conservatives threaten to withdraw Israel support

May 3, 2010 21:42


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The Reform and Conservative movements in the US have warned they may withdraw their support for Israel should a bill they fear will threaten the religious status quo on conversions pass in the Knesset, Channel 10 reported on Monday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon traveled to America last week with the bill’s sponsor, MK David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu) in an effort to convince US Jewish leaders that the bill would not impact the rights of US converts to immigrate to Israel

Ayalon told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday that concern the law further extended the authority of the Chief Rabbinate as the only authority for legitimate conversion were unfounded.

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