In an interview with Israel National News, Yair Sheleg, Director of IDI's Religion and State program asserts that by rolling back the conversion reforms of the last government, which would have allowed municipal rabbis to conduct conversions, the coalition has created a situation in which prospective converts will not even start the process. He warns of the long-term social repercussions of the move and laments: "The Chief Rabbinate is not an end in and of itself; the goal should be the future of the Jewish people."
The Israeli government's decision to cancel the previous government's conversion reform will perpetuate a situation in which hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who see themselves as Jews are prevented from being officially recognized as such. Read IDI's proposal for a State Conversion Bill.
In advance of the appointment of the new Attorney General, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Guy Lurie recommend ways to ensure that the Israeli Attorney General’s performance is evaluated on a regular basis.
In advance of the 2015 Knesset elections, IDI compiled a booklet of recommendations on how to reduce tension between religion and state in Israel for Israeli policy-makers, based on its extensive research over the years.