After the cabinet on Sunday 9 Marcheshvan passed the Giyur Bill sponsored by MK (The Movement) Elazar Stern, the latter did not hide his enthusiasm over the success. Stern was quick to thank coalition and opposition members that worked and supported his bill, also using the opportunity to thank the Tzohar Rabbonim organization as well as the Conservative and Reform Movements.
It did not take too long for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to announce it would not accept the decision or abide by it. Stern was quick to call on the Chief Rabbis of Israel to accept and honor the cabinet decision. He calls on them to release a statement that they will recognize all converts that become Jews under the new law.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)