Jewish Agency head won’t seek solution over Women of the Wall until new gov’t is formed

The ‘Kotel is in complete captivity & in the hands of an extremist group,’ head of the Jewish Conservative movement of Israel tells the Jewish Agency board.


Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said Tuesday morning that he does not intend to present recommendations on resolving the conflict over prayer regulations at the Western Wall until a new coalition has been formed.


Anat Hoffman

Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, being arrested in December while praying at the Western Wall. – Photo by Michal Fattal

“I proposed that we keep the issue quiet so that it would not be influenced by the coalition negotiations,” he told participants at a session of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, which is meeting in Jerusalem this week. “The Jewish Agency functions not at as a lobby group for U.S. Jewry but to enhance the connection between Diaspora Jews to the people and government of Israel.”


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