The Two Battles Over the Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t win himself many friends among American Jews this week when he denounced the Reform and Conservative movements for trying to pressure him to keep his word about creating a space at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza for egalitarian prayer. The movements backed the first-ever service at the site in which women read from the Torah this week, something that angered Israel’s religious establishment. But though Netanyahu’s effort to find a way out of this difficult religious and political tangle has not shown him at his best, it’s actually consistent with his stand on the other religious/political issue that has drawn much more interest from the international media: the future of the Temple Mount which overlooks the Wall.

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The Two Battles Over the Wall

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