A small correction to Gideon Levy's column, if it hasn't be mentioned yet: while halacha does govern the question of who is a Jew in terms of marriage, it doesn't for the law of return. The law of return was set up to offer citizenship to those Jews who had lost theirs, whether in Europe or elsewhere. In essence, if you had suffered as a Jew, you were welcome to come to Israel as a citizen. The definition, ironically, of who is Jewish enough for Aliyah, was the same employed by Hitler: if you had one Jewish grandparent, you were considered Jewish under the law of return. And that's aside and apart from the issue if you were married to someone Jewish... then the standard is even more lenient.
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from the article: Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy