Contrary to the position of Lieberman and Lapid: A senior minister announced opposition to the outline of the Western Wall

Minister of Construction and Housing Wolf Elkin, Announced today (Monday) that he opposes granting status at the Western Wall to reformers and conservatives, which may make it difficult to promote the outline of the Western Wall, which the Minister of Finance supports Avigdor Lieberman, foreign Minister Yair Lapid, And the Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz. Elkin clarified: “This has been my official position for many years since the outline was presented, so I voted against Netanyahu’s position at the time, when he brought the outline, and that was also my position in the coalition negotiations.”

“I have no problem with the Western Wall,” he added. “But on the condition that those who run it are the government and the Jewish Agency. If the agency wants it, it will choose representatives of the reform movement to represent it, but as representatives of the agency. Belz, the Western Wall of Lithuanians or of religious Zionism. “

MK Uri Maklev of the Torah Judaism faction said: “While the prime minister speaks to the nation about the unity of the Western Wall, the holy place for the people of Israel has been for generations. His government has been trying to change the status quo for years. “He lives in Israel. His government cannot harm the Western Wall, which has been the spark of the Jewish people for generations.”

Uri Maklev (Photo: Miriam Elster, Flash 90)

MK Maklev added: “It seems that what they have been claiming for a long time is that the prime minister is not a manager but a manager turns out to be true. All his coalition leaders have been working for some time against the current situation at the Western Wall, declaring that their goal in the coming month is to change the situation at the Western Wall. He had to say these words to his coalition partners. “

According to the outline, first published in 2016, in the northern prayer plaza the prayer will be conducted according to the custom of Orthodox Judaism, according to Torah law, according to which the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, among other things, separates women from men and men. In the southern plaza, egalitarian prayer will be conducted in a way that will provide a solution for worshipers from the various non-Orthodox sects, and above all, the Reform and Conservative currents.

As a rule, in this plaza there will be a mixed prayer of men and women without a partition. At the same time, and taking into account the pluralistic nature of this plaza, the “Women of the Western Wall” will be given the opportunity to hold a separate women’s prayer, as usual, every Rosh Chodesh and at other times for which the commissioner of the southern plaza will give.

In response to Minister Elkin’s remarks, the director general of the Reform movement, Anna Kislansky, said: “For many years, the Western Wall, the holiest place for every Jew and Jew, has been run as an ultra-Orthodox Orthodox synagogue. “As part of the ‘Outline of the Western Wall’, the reform movement agreed to painful compromises, but insisted that years of discrimination would end, so that the great current in Judaism would have representation in the management of the Western Wall, just as Orthodox Judaism is represented in the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.”


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