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UTJ head says party won’t join a coalition that doesn’t revoke conversion ruling

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United Torah Judaism party chief Moshe Gafni said Thursday that his party won’t join a coalition unless it finds a way to nullify a High Court ruling recognizing conversions to Judaism in Israel through the Reform and Conservative movements.

“We will not enter a coalition that does not have a legal solution for the High Court’s ruling on conversion,” Gafni told Army Radio.

The High Court of Justice ruled Monday that the Jewish state will be required to recognize non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism performed in Israel for citizenship purposes.

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The bombshell ruling dents the ultra-Orthodox-dominated Rabbinate’s control over conversions in the country and was denounced by right-wing religious politicians, who vowed to advance legislation in the next parliament to overturn it, and by the chief rabbis of Israel. People at the United Torah Judaism party headquarters in Jerusalem on March 2, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The ultra-Orthodox Shas party has also said it would not join a future coalition that was not committed to overturning or legislating against the ruling.

Israel is holding its fourth election........

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