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Israel Will Not Bar Reform Synagogues, So. African Leader Predicts

Dr. M.C. Weiler, rabbi of the United Jewish Reform Synagogue and vice president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, said on his return here from a mission in Europe and Israel that it was “inconceivable” that the new Israel Government would accede to a demand by extreme Orthodox elements in the Religious Bloc for legislation that would bar establishment of a Reform synagogue in Israel.

For a government in Israel to yield to this demand, he said, would not only be a violation of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, but would “compromise Israel in the eyes of the world.” He declared that “Israel will not stand for religious blackmail.”