«[...]the Russians, as all immigrants from the former Soviet Union are known in Israel, have the voting power to decide who governs. The latest opinion polls show that almost all Russian voters have swung behind Mr Sharon because of his hard line in dealing with the Palestinians.
But while the Russians are rightwing on security and economic issues, they view religious conservatives with suspicion and complain of maltreatment at the hands of the orthodox. Many are unable to marry because only religious weddings are permitted under Israeli law and the chief rabbis refuse to recognise them as Jewish. The defence ministry calls up young Russian immigrants to serve in the army while the interior ministry denies them rights because they are not deemed Jewish.»
--"Sharon takes on rabbis over Jewish identity: Religious and secular clash over right to settle in Israel"