Israel to Diaspora: Drop Dead

By Jeffrey Goldberg

I haven't posted much of anything on the terrible Knesset bill that will, if passed, disenfranchise Reform and Conservative Jews, and help Israel transform itself into Ayatollahstan. What is there to say, really? It's just horrible. Israel, which now, more than ever, needs the support of American Jews -- the vast majority of whom are Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and unaffiliated -- cannot afford to treat its alleged brethren like garbage. But this is what stands to happen if this bill, which would essentially force Israel to stop recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions, is passed. Israel's Jewish friends in the Senate understand very well the implications of this legislation:

A US senator has taken the rare step of drafting a letter expressing concern about Israel's pending conversion legislation, underscoring the wide dismay the bill has triggered in the American Jewish community.
The letter from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), understood to be addressed to Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, outlines apprehensions over the bill's language, according to sources familiar with the text. It is circulating for signatures from additional Jewish senators before being delivered to the embassy.

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