New York, NY, February 5, 2014 At a meeting in the Knesset yesterday, MK David Rotem of Likud-Beiteinu, who is the head of the Knesset Committee on
Constitution, Law and Justice, said that the Reform Movement "is not Jewish... they are another religion." In response, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
issued the following statement:
"It is simply unacceptable that a Knesset member who is part of the governing party and holds this legislative position would make this statement. We call
on the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein to remove MK Rotem from this position immediately. There is no way that someone who holds these views--and has
consistently stated them in public--can be a fair arbiter over laws that impact the very essence of Klal Yisrael."