Israeli Government Poised To Walk Away From Agreement To Provide Egalitarian Prayer Space At The Kotel In Jerusalem

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Israeli Government Poised To Walk Away From Agreement To Provide Egalitarian Prayer Space At The Kotel In Jerusalem

Rabbi Rick Jacobs: We would like to remind Prime Minister Netanyahu of his oft-stated commitment to abide by the agreement that his government adopted 16 months ago.

Press Release

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; June 21, 2017 - Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement today about the Israeli government's agreement to provide an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem:

We have seen the recent reporting that the Israeli government will suspend its plan to move forward with an egalitarian, pluralistic prayer space at the Kotel. Those reports are deeply alarming, but, sadly, not surprising. We are all too familiar with pluralism being held hostage to coalition politics, and to the rights of non-Orthodox Jews being subjugated to those of the ultra-Orthodox.

We would like to remind Prime Minister Netanyahu of his oft-stated commitment to abide by the agreement that his government adopted 16 months ago. We strongly urge him not to walk away from that agreement, which he claimed as an important victory.

The decision to walk away from his commitment to implement the Kotel agreement would be a slap in the face to the vast majority of world Jewry.

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