Blue and White leader MK Yair Lapid on Shabbos spoke to members of the Reform Movement in Israel about the changes Blue and White will make on issues of religion and state.
“One of our core issues is religion and state. Israel is the only country in the Western world where Jews don’t have freedom of religion,” he claimed. “We must change that.”
“The complete control by the Orthodox stream of Judaism must stop. Religious coercion must stop. Alongside the rabbinate we need a civil track, civil marriage. All streams of Judaism – Reform, Conservative – must be equal before the law. All streams of Judaism must have access to the Kotel, in accordance with the Kotel framework. It’s a framework which requires compromise, we don’t like all of it but it’s a smart compromise.”
Lapid continued: “The State needs to recognize Reform and Conservative conversion. And the same is true with budget allocations – we need equality between the streams of Judaism. Either the country helps communities, or it doesn’t. If it does, then it has to help them all.”
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