Leaders of top Zionist bodies warn Netanyahu against altering Law of Return
Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.
The heads of top international Zionist groups send a joint letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning him against his incoming government’s plan to alter the Law of Return to restrict immigration to Israel by descendants of Jews who are not themselves Jewish.
“It is our duty to share with you our deep concern regarding voices in the government on issues that could undermine the long-standing status quo on religious affairs that could affect the Diaspora. Any change in the delicate and sensitive status quo on issues such as the Law of Return or conversion could threaten to unravel the ties between us and keep us away from each other,” the Jewish leaders write.
The letter is signed by the heads of the Jewish Agency, the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, and the World Zionist Organization.