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The survey, conducted for Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, found that 63 percent of respondents believed those converted by non-Orthodox rabbis should be regarded as Jews. Some 30 percent believed they should not.

According to one source I consulted, 8% of Israelis are Haredi, and 17% Modern Orthodox.

So apparently some 5% of non-Orthodox Jews only recognize Orthodox conversions. (But these numbers are so close that the statistic may be meaningless.)

The poll also found that 68 percent of Israelis said Diaspora Jews who intermarried should be regarded as Jewish, while 21 percent said they should not.

I'm very curious to know who those 21% are. That surprised me greatly. There's no halachic basis for disenfranchising a Jew just because he or she married out.

I wonder if those 21% are ultra-nationalist, but secular Jews? If they're mostly Haredim, it speaks poorly for their adherence to Jewish law.
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