Tochfeld reveals: What’s going on behind the scenes about the Law of Return?

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Opposition leaders did not imagine that what might soon lead to a real rift in the coalition of the Likud, religious Zionism and the ultra-Orthodox factions would be a historic bill that caused a 20-year storm, from 1970 to the early 1990s, to be developed again now – 30 years later.

This is an amendment to the Law of Return that Itamar Ben Gvir seeks to pass, which will stipulate that the existing definition – that a Jew entitled to immigrate to Israel according to the law is someone whose mother is Jewish and who has been converted – adds the word “correctly”, so that a reformed convert, , Will not be included in the definition of eligibility for immigration. The necessary correction is historic, but the urgency of its promotion is completely topical. Only recently was a frightening figure published, that about 100,000 mixed couples live in the State of Israel, and that the extent of assimilation in immigration was unparalleled in the country.

Ben Gvir was convinced that after forming the opposition, he would be able to turn to the right and to a new hope. To his surprise, while in religious Zionism and the ultra-Orthodox parties were quick to agree and sign the law, things did not go smoothly in the Likud. Some members of the party’s Knesset, which sees itself as a representative of the traditionalists, objected, saying that the addition of the word “correctly” could harm non-Orthodox sects. After a discussion in the faction, the Likud decided to allow freedom of vote in the matter. However, they probably did not estimate that by doing so, they buried seeds in the ground that could lead to a real explosion. Ben Gvir was furious, and announced that if the Likud did not align itself completely, he too would stop cooperating with the opposition.

We too, Ben Gvir clarified to them, have laws that are not exactly our cup of tea, such as the establishment of a hospital in Sakhnin. But for the unity of the opposition we vote in favor, so as not to crumble the ranks and the important alliance. But it will not be one-sided. This law is in the bird of our souls. And it is not possible for the Likud, because of such and other liberal considerations, to decide that they give freedom of vote.

A similar message was conveyed to Yariv Levin, also from the heads of the ultra-Orthodox factions: The Likud’s freedom of vote on this issue is not entirely acceptable to them. As a compromise, Levin suggested that Ben Gvir come to the Likud faction and explain to the Knesset members the necessity of the law. The unusual event, in which Ben Gvir will speak before the leader of the opposition and members of his faction, will take place after Hanukkah. Ben Gvir will recruit two people for the purpose, whose words he will present during his lecture: The first is Menachem Begin, who enthusiastically and unreservedly supported the amendment. The other is the Rebbe of Lubavitch, who for 20 years fought for the amendment, from which at the time the ultra-Orthodox factions were reluctant. Today, when the danger he was talking about then seems tangible and threatening to them, they are of course unreservedly supportive.

“We saw the Likud members, from the opposition leader to former senior ministers and Knesset members, fill the stage this week in Kfar Chabad, at the Hasidic redemption events,” says Ben Gvir. For their part, not to sweepingly support a law that the Rebbe tried so hard to promote, and cried out from the blood of his heart that it should be amended. “

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