Landau's statements are fundamentally and simply wrong. The State of Israel does not have a state religion. (If it did by the way, which limb of orthodox Judaism would it be ? Yeshayu Leibowitz? the extemities of harediut? the rabbis of Tsohar? Those who wrote or endorse "Torat ha-Melekh?) The Kotel is a public and national site. To support the exclusiveness of "Orthodox" Judaism in this respect is to exclude and insult the bulk of Israel's citizens and, I suspect, a vast proportion of ordinary Jews like me around the world. David Landau has expressed himself in this vein before. He is frum and cannot seem to step away from the obvious limitations this fact imposes on his judgement. Is this what we learned at the Hasmonean? Maybe? Certainly in ist present incarnation. Bottom line: you cannot be "liberal" David and hold to the opinions you seem to espouse here. Make your choice. PS. Insofar as you have represented this exclusivist view in your work for the Economist you are surely bound - in the mere cause of truth in representation - to correct this utterly false picture of Jewish life and thinking.
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