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First Reform rabbi MK: Most Israeli Jews feel closer to liberals than ultra-Orthodox

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AFP — The first liberal rabbi in Israel’s parliament, Gilad Kariv, has his sights set on ending the monopoly of the ultra-Orthodox on many aspects of everyday life in the Jewish state.

The conservative line of the Jewish religion has in effect laid down the law ever since an accord that ultra-Orthodox rabbis struck with David Ben Gurion when he founded the state of Israel in 1948.

“The only subject on which people of the right and the left agree by a great majority is the relationship between religion and the state,” Kariv told AFP in an interview in his parliamentary office in Jerusalem.

“Most Israelis are in favor of civil marriage, public transport on the Sabbath (the Jewish day of rest and prayer), and on a mixed space” for prayers at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, he said.

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