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September 19, 2000
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Israel’s chief rabbis withdrew their support of plans to dismantle the Religious Affairs Ministry. Chief Sephardic Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron said the rabbis originally thought the plan was designed to improve the provision of religious services to local communities. But in light of a series of other secular reforms proposed by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Bakshi-Doron said it now appears to the rabbis that the plan is politically motivated.

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