Shared entrance to Western Wall brings haredi, progressive clash

Just four months ago the plan approved by the government to create a large, state-recognized pluralist prayer space at the southern end of the Western Wall was hailed as an “historic landmark” and “a huge accomplishment.”

But following a determined rearguard action from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) political leadership since the cabinet decision in January, the agreement now appears badly stalled.

In particular, it is the stipulation of the plan to create one common entrance to the entire Western Wall complex for all visitors – Orthodox, Reform and Conservative alike – that has generated the most severe opposition from haredi leaders.


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