After dozens of Haredim disrupt mixed prayer service in Kotel plaza, Netanyahu says he is committed to egalitarian prayer space.
The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall and the Kotel HaMa'aravi or Kotel in Hebrew, is the section of the western supporting wall of the Temple Mount, and is considered the sole remnant of the Second Temple following its destruction in 70 C.E.
Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, built around 19 BCE by Herod the Great, has become the most sacred spot in the Jewish religion. It was returned to Jewish control during the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israeli troops captured the Old City from Jordan. A large plaza in front of the wall where Jews and visitors could congregate and pray was immediately paved.
Over the decades the wall has been visited by millions of tourists and pilgrims and is often on the itinerary of foreign heads of state who visit Israel. One of the customary traditions for visitors to the Western Wall is to place a small written prayer into one of the cracks in the Wall. It is also where many new IDF conscripts pledge their allegiance to the army and to Israel.
The Western Wall's religious and historic importance to the Jewish people combined with its extreme proximity to Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount, primarily the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, has been the trigger for many outbreaks of violence since 1967.
In demanding the right to recite the priestly blessing, these allegedly progressive women are trying to revive what was a pillar of discrimination within ritual Judaism.
The service was organized protest of the government's back-tracking on a decision to provide another area near the Wall for pluralistic prayer.
Non-Orthodox leaders take action after Israeli government fails to follow through with plan to build a new egalitarian prayer space space.
Executive director of Israel's Conservative movement calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step in.
Lesley Sachs taken into custody after she was caught carrying a Torah scroll at the Western Wall, in defiance of regulations imposed by the custodian of the Jewish holy site.
Israel's prime minister hopes to escape a major confrontation with Diaspora Jewry over the Western Wall deal by using the same tactics that he always uses: Delay and deceit.
American Jewish leaders warned Netanyahu of a major crisis in relations with world Jewry if the controversy over the new egalitarian prayer space was not resolved.
U.S. Jewish Leaders Warn: Israel-World Jewry Relations at Risk if Western Wall Crisis Not Solved in Next Few Weeks
Netanyahu tells high-ranking delegation of religious leaders that he was committed to implementing plan but suggested that modifications would be necessary to overcome objections voiced by ultra-Orthodox coalition partners.
Deadline on Solving Western Wall Crisis Expires as U.S. Jewish Leaders Arrive for Talks With Netanyahu
American Reform and Conservative leaders hope to use their clout to prevent any changes to the original egalitarian prayer space plan.