Netanyahu may be forced to concede to haredim on Kotel prayer deal

It is becoming increasingly clear that in the titanic struggle over the Western Wall one side will have to suffer a stinging defeat, and that it will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who will decide the fate of this battle.

On an ideological level, the two sets of demands, from the ultra-Orthodox on the one hand and the progressive Jewish denominations on the other, are quite simply contradictory and irreconcilable.

What the Women of the Wall along with the Reform and Conservative movements are demanding of the government is essentially a symbolic declaration at the physical heart of the Jewish faith, or thereabouts, that their practice of Judaism is legitimate in the Jewish state.


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