After the Knesset passed the Shabbos/Makolet Bill into law, the chareidi parties are preparing for the next battle, the Giyur Bill. About six months ago, at the last minute, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu push the vote on the bill from the agenda due to mounting pressure from representatives of the Reform Movement.
Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita has since met with former cabinet minister Moshe Nissim, who was appointed by the Prime Minister to head the committee that is working to formulate a solution for the giyur.
Kikar Shabbos News adds that during a closed shiur for rabbonim last week, Rav Yosef addressed his meeting with Nissim, adding it was made clear that the Chief Rabbis of Israel are opposed to permitting rabbis of cities to perform giyur, which now rests exclusively in the hands of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Tzohar Rabbonim are pushing the idea of certifying Chief Rabbis of Cities to perform giyur as well.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)