In Jerusalem meeting, the prime minister says he will make every effort to resolve the crisis with the ultra-Orthodox parties, which are blocking a government-approved compromise for an egalitarian prayer space.
Israel Prize winner David Rubinger, whose lens captured key moments in Israeli history and helped define the nation's collective consciousness, dies at 92.
Signaling Commitment to Western Wall Deal, Netanyahu Extends Sharansky's Stint as Jewish Agency Chief
Sharansky is the chief architect of a stalled governmental plan to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
Orthodox high school girls leave school to shout down Women of the Wall during prayer services at Jerusalem's Western Wall; Police separate groups, restricting confrontations to verbal attacks.
Ultra-Orthodox mobilizing against Women of the Wall: 'The Kotel is the heart of the nation - a heart cannot be split.'
Israel opposed letting a private group run the sensitive archaeological park next to the Western Wall, but the attorney general let Elad get a foothold anyway.
The religious ministers were hoping to revoke the plan to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel.
For 365 days, we have prayed in the knowledge that bullies as elevated as ministers of state and as lowly as teenagers working for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation have established mob rule at Judaism’s most holy site.
Haredi ministers call on Netanyahu to bring matter up for vote next Sunday, following their meeting with Chief Rabbi David Lau, who expressed implacable opposition to any change in Kotel status quo.
The High Court has given the state until next week to deliver its answer.