In response to “Federations May Advance Efforts To Promote Israeli Civil Marriage” (May 30), I wish to comment on the push for civil marriage in Israel. Are these federations so bored that they have to impose themselves on an Israeli — not an American — problem?
Israel is a democracy; it has a Knesset. If secular Jews and others are angry enough, they can elect a government that provides for civil marriage. These federations have to realize that Israel is not part of the United States. American Jewry has a problem with intermarriage, declining involvement in both Jewish life and Israel, and forces inimical both to the Jewish life and the State of Israel. So what do the federations concern themselves with? Civil marriage. Where are their priorities?