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January 17, 2013 2:26 am
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Jewish Home Party to Seek Control Over Conversion Authority

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Naftali Bennet. Photo: www.indynewsisrael.com.

YNet – The 19th Knesset will see a pivotal battle for the nature of conversion, as both the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic party Shas and the religious-Zionist party Habayit Hayehudi intend to vie for control of the State Conversion Authority and Religious Affairs Ministry after the elections.

Since 2003, the Religious Affairs minister has been a Shas MK, which meant that Shas has been the de facto authority on all matters regarding the conversion processes.

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