Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a Fourth of July celebration at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in Herzliya on Monday, and made a reference to the crisis with U.S. Jewry over the government's decision to freeze plans for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
"I am committed and I remain committed to making every Jew feel at home in Israel, including at the Kotel," Netanyahu said, adding that "all we need is patience and perseverance."
Earlier on Monday, Interior Minister Arye Dery (Shas) said at his party's weekly meeting that the ultra-Orthodox public had fallen victim to an "incitement campaign." According to Dery, forces aiming to dismantle the government have been spreading lies. "The Western Wall is open to everyone," he added.
Dery also referred to the conversion bill, which would deny the validity of conversions undertaken outside the state-sanctioned Orthodox system in Israel. Dery said he has to "maintain order" and that "as interior minister I have to protect the entryway to the State of Israel."
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