Canterbury Tales: Israel's Chief Rabbis Snub Leader of Anglican Church

Archbishop Justin Welby was to meet Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger during his visit to Israel, but between house arrest and a visit to Spain, he had to make do with Rabbinate officials.

Ever since taking up his post four months ago, the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Justin Welby, had been looking forward to meeting Israel’s two chief rabbis. What would be more natural, thought the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of tens of millions of believers around the world, than to get on a plane and meet the spiritual leaders of the Jewish people in the Holy Land?