Degel Hatorah MK Moshe Gafne fired back angrily at comments made before an Israel Bar Association gathering by Attorney General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit. Mandelblit explained the bill initiated by Gafne to prohibit converts toiveling in all state-run mikvaos in Israel is legally problematic. Mandelblit feels the bill violates basic freedom of worship as well as Israel’s Basic Law guaranteeing human dignity. He explained that from a legal standpoint, the bill is most problematic in the best of cases.
Gafne stated “contrary to the Western world, the Attorney General has decided he is a legal advisor who advises and not a decision-maker – the mikve bill is not legal. He did not even see the wording, which I sent him this morning (Monday, 25 Adar-II) but he has already decided unanimously that it is illegal”.
Gafne added, “The time has come to be a modern Western nation in which the state is the regulator. The Attorney General is not in charge. With all due respect, many of the Supreme Court Justices in the USA are chosen by the people.
In Gafne’s reference to Israel’s High Court, he added “Nine non-religious justices voted in favor of the Reform. The lone religious justice voted against. The traditional justice abstained. Can someone explain to me where the professionalism is as each votes his own personal hashkafa. I do not have a single High Court justice who represents my hashkafa”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)