In a press release, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky wrote: “The Israeli government’s decision to recognise Reform and Conservative rabbis and community leaders contributes to the unity of the Jewish people and the strengthening of ties with the Diaspora.”

“The government’s decision to recognise Reform and Conservative leaders gives official recognition to these dynamic community leaders and rabbis who work tirelessly to build strong and vibrant Zionist and Jewish communities throughout Israel,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

Sharansky added that the Jewish Agency is the only platform where all the streams of Judaism and Jewish organisations from around the world sit together at one table with the Israeli government; a table where the positions and views of community representatives and the various streams are expressed and influence issues facing the Jewish world and Israel.

“I believe this decision has both practical and symbolic importance. It contributes significantly to the strengthening of the relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel. The Jewish Agency sees this decision as a bridge and as another step towards bringing unity to the Jewish people”.