UTJ refuses to enter gov't that performs 'wholesale conversions'

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the preeminent halachic authority for the Lithuanian Yeshiva world, announced Monday that United Torah Judaism's five MKs would not be a part of a government that performs "wholesale conversions", according to a UTJ source. During a meeting with UTJ MKs at his home in Jerusalem, Elyashiv said that the UTJ could not join the government under the present coalition agreement between Likud and Israel Beiteinu which would empower city rabbis to perform conversions.