Sharansky expresses disappointment over conversion bill

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky expressed his deep disappointment Monday over the conversion bill that was approved by the Knesset's Law Committee.
“We cannot divide the Jewish People with legislation which many in the Jewish world view as defining them as second class Jews,” Sharansky said. “We are at the beginning of the month of Av, the time when the Temple was destroyed because the Jewish people were busy with fraternal fighting instead of dealing with real dangers posed by their enemies. Jews abroad are the most loyal supporters of Israel, and stand at the forefront of the fight for Israel’s image around the world.”
“The proposed bill was supposed to have been discussed in detail with world Jewry,” Sharansky added. “I hope the prime minister will send a clear message that this proposed legislation will not move forward without proper discussion and consultation with all those who feel they may be harmed by it.”