Israeli official wont recognize Reform convert as bona fide Jew

Ramon made it clear that he personally favors legislation that would make it impossible to recognize such a conversion. "The High Court ruling broke the status quo, which had lasted for 47 years," he said.

Ramon said that he believes there are only two communities in Israel — Orthodox and secular — and the others are insignificant. However, he added, if the Reform movement sent 300,000 of its members to Israel, perhaps they could be recognized.

"I don't tell you what to do in the U.S.; don't tell me what to do here," Ramon told the rabbis.