Bibi Extends Moratorium on Civil Conversion Bill

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Published January 10, 2011.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to extend a freeze on the advancement of a controversial civil conversion bill that was proposed by the Yisrael Beiteinu party last year.

In exchange for the extended moratorium, the Reform and Conservative movements agreed to hold off on their petitions to the High Court of Justice on the conversion issue.

A preliminary reading of the civil conversion bill passed in the Knesset last summer, prompting a storm of protest by Jewish communities around the world. The outcry led Netanyahu to agree to the first moratorium.

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