That’s right. After years of haredi stonewalling and subterfuge, hilonim are fighting back. If Yosi Beilin’s bill passes a Jew will be defined this way:
…The proposal states that "for the purposes of the Population Registry Law and all registration or legal certificate," an individual will be considered Jewish if at least one of his or her parents is Jewish or he or she joined the Jewish religion in a religious process or has joined the Jewish people in a non-religious process and has linked his or her fate with the Jewish people, and is not a member of another religion."
Beilin says the amendment will mean that 300,000 Jews from the CIS who at present are not considered Jewish will be able to register as Jews is they so desire. "In a world of DNA, it is so old-fashioned to talk about a chain of motherhood," says Beilin. If people see themselves as Jewish, and certainly if one of the parents was Jewish, he adds, why should the state define them as not Jewish?"…
Israel needs to create a wall of separation between Synagogue and State. This bill, flawed and unworkable as it is, is a start toward creating a state free from religious coercion.
If Beilin can get this bill passed, he’ll be viewed as a hero by
much of Israeli society, even by parts of that society that would have
opposed this bill a few years ago. If he can dismantle the Rabbinute,
he’ll be elected prime minister – and will be able to keep that job as
long as he wants it.