Dinner with the PM cancelled following the Western Wall decision

June 26, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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In light of yesterday’s decisions by the Government of Israel suspending egalitarian prayers at the Kotel, the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel hastened  its entire agenda for the remaining two days of its meetings in Jerusalem, in order to address the ramifications of these decisions. The scheduled dinner with the participation of the Prime Minister has been cancelled.

Lesley Sachs and Rachel Cohen Yeshurun, of Women of the Wall, being detained by police officer for wearing Tallit in the Kotel. Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5773. Wikimedia Commons

Media reports that Government have yielded by the ultra-orthodox to cease prayers at a the wall of mixed sexes.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel  Natan Sheransky said:  “As Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, and on behalf of our partners, I must express my deep disappointment at today’s decision by the Government of Israel to suspend the implementation of its own decision to establish a dignified space for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

“Five years ago, the Prime Minister asked me to lead a joint effort to bring about a workable formula that would transform the Western Wall into, in his own words, ‘one wall for one people.’

“After four years of intense negotiations, we reached a solution that was accepted by all major denominations and was then adopted by the government and embraced by the world’s Jewish communities.

“Today’s decision signifies a retreat from that agreement and will make our work to bring Israel and the Jewish world closer together increasingly more difficult.

“The Jewish Agency nevertheless remains staunchly committed to that work and to the principle of one wall for one people.”

 

Comments

3 Responses to “Dinner with the PM cancelled following the Western Wall decision”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Move into the 21st century.

    The different sexes praying together does not cause issues with Christians and some other religions.

  2. Maurice May says:

    If a government is pandering to zealots, what else can one expect

  3. Maurice May says:

    If a government is pandering to zealots, what else can one expect

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