dinsdag 2 februari 2016
Israeli Government approves egalitarian prayer section at Western Wall
Following a long and intense year-long debate, the cabinet voted in favor of establishing a section of the Western Wall for mixed prayers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the issue at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting on Sunday, noting that, "last year at my behest, [there was work] to try and reach a solution on the question of the Women of the Wall."
"Today, in your last meeting here, we will submit the summary of your work on the issue, i.e. a compromise on this delicate issue in a place that is supposed to unite the Jewish People."
"While I know that this is a delicate issue, I think that this is a fair and creative solution," Netanyahu noted. "The most complex problems usually require such solutions and I congratulate you on what you have submitted for a decision by the Cabinet.”
According to the proposed agreement, a new prayer area will be set up along the wall south of where the current prayer area is and will be deemed the Israel congregation area near Robinson’s arch. While the Mughrabi bridge will still separate the areas of the main Western Wall plaza from the Robinson’s arch area, a new entrance will be developed that will provide entry to all three locations.
Haredi ministers voted against the plan, but the parties did not torpedo the proposal outright nor create a coalition crisis over the issue, as even sources in the haredi parties agreed that this plan was the least of all evils.
Mannen en vrouwen mogen samen bidden bij Westmuur
In history there was no seperation between man and woman praying at the Wall