The chief Rabbinate of Israel has asked the government to freeze the plan, whereby at the Western wall, North of the so-called Robinson’s Arch and the South gate Muhransky, should be organized for representatives of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism a new place for prayer.
Radio station «Sieves Beth» reported that members of the religious Council believe that the freezing of the project has a legal basis. In his address to the government, members of the religious Council indicate that, in accordance with the law on the protection of religious sites, the government is obliged to discuss any changes in these areas with the rabbis.
The project to create additional land for prayers at the Western Wall was approved by the government in late January. A compromise was proposed by the head of the Jewish Agency («Sokhnut») by Natan Sharansky, and was designed to solve the problems of representatives of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism, in particular, the activists of the movement «women of the wall» who defended their right to pray at the Western Wall in the Talita and tagline.
This compromise solution was criticized from different sides. The Ministers Aryeh Deri and David Ausley (both SHAS), Yaakov litzman («Jadot and Torah») and URI Ariel («Bayt Yehudi») voted at a meeting of the government, and the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich called the decision «a sad day in the life of the Jewish people.»
Radio station «Sieves Beth» gave on Thursday, February 25, activist of the movement «women of the wall» for the first time, prayed at the new site at the Western Wall.