In an exclusive interview with Arutz Sheva news, Member of Knesset Elazar Stern (HaTenua) defended his controversial Conversion Bill. MK Stern stated that following the large number of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s, there has been a large amount of Israeli citizens with only a Jewish father only, or only one Jewish grandparent. Now that these Soviet-born Israelis are getting married and having children, the amount of non-Jewish Israelis has grown enough to cause concern, MK Stern stated. He said his bill would enable those seeking to covert to Judaism to do so with a local rabbi as opposed to the national Conversion Court, making the process easier and more user-friendly. Critics of the bill fear that decentralization will result in lax conversations that do not adhere to the strict halachic guidelines under a single authority. However MK Stern told Arutz Sheva news that the cause for concern was unjustified.