Netanyahu: I’ve failed to solve the rabbinate-Diaspora crisis

Speaking in the Knesset Monday, Netanyahu addresses two rabbinical court rulings in recent weeks that called into question conversions conducted by prominent US Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

“The rabbinate is not mine,” he says. Since entering politics, he says, he has striven to reach agreements from both sides on the issue.

“It’s not easy. It’s one of the most difficult problems I’ve encountered.”

He says he fears the “tears” both within Israel and in discussions with Diaspora Jewry, but reiterates the need for agreement on the issue. “I want to solve it by way of agreement, it’s not easy. And until this moment, I can’t say I succeeded.”

— Marissa Newman

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