I am an American who volunteered for the IDF a while back. Before I served I had to lie about my mom. This is because my mom was converted by a conservative rabbi before she married my father. Does not matter that she worked hard, learned hebrew, had a bat mitzvah and still goes to services regularly. That was not good enough for them. The fact that so much power is in the hands of the intolerant ultra-Orthodox is an embarrassment to our faith and more importantly Israel in general. Maybe they should start serving in the army themselves before they tell me I am not good enough to do it.
Iraqi police fire tear gas as thousands of protests burst into Green Zone, storm Parliament (AP)