Rabbi Haim Druckman, winner of the prestigious Israel Prize in 2012, called the new Conversion Bill ridiculous on Tuesday. Rabbi Druckman was head of the Conversions Court from 2005-2012. The new bill is being pushed voraciously in the Knesset leading to some parties to threaten to vote against the coalition. Rabbi Druckman stated, "the law regarding matters of halacha (Jewish law) is to be approved by the Knesset without the guidance and consent of halakhic authority, namely the Chief Rabbinate. This is a ridiculous joke and has no validity. The Knesset can not determine anything regarding matters of religious law without the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and it is important that this be understood regardless of the coalition or any other matter."