After receiving a letter from Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to remove the controversial Giyur Bill from the cabinet agenda, complying with the request from the nation’s chief rabbis.
In his letter Rabbi Yosef expressed his disapproval of the bill and that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel opposes the current version of the bill. As such the bill will not be on the agenda at the weekly cabinet meeting this Sunday, 26 Elul, as planned. The letter from Rav Yosef has provided the prime minister with the ammunition he requires to pull the bill since the chief rabbis and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel are opposed to the bill.
Reports that a compromise language of the bill that is acceptable to the chief rabbis appear to be inaccurate as the bill will not move to the cabinet for a vote.
One must expect that the removal of Stern’s bill from the agenda and the freezing of the Yesh Atid Zero VAT Bill are likely to precipitate a coalition crisis.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)