Tonight the government decided to postpone by 6 months a crucial Geyur Bill that would have strengthened the hand of the Rabbanut HaRashit and helped to halt Reform and Conservative "conversions" from creeping into Israel.
HaGon HaChacham Shlomo Amar shlita even demanded that the religious parties quite the government should the bill not pass. The reform and conservative movements in the US waged a serious battle that lead to the postponement of the bill, but for some reason the Orthodox movements outside of Israel remained more or less silent.
As a person living in Israel I cannot understand this! We cannot allow the reform and conservative "conversions" to reach Israel, we are the last place standing.
I gave an answer, but the moderators decided it was too... whatever... to put up. So here it is.
Why should most American Rabbanim support a bill in Israel that will delegitimize most of the converts that they create? Do you really think that they will stop with simply questioning the conversions performed under Conserative or Reform auspices? This will affect large numbers of Orthodox rabbis, too, who aren't on the list of acceptable rabbis. So, why should American Rabannim support a bill that will throw the lives of thousands of legitimate converts into turmoil and limbo?