Netanyahu firm on Western Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Sunday his commitment to a decision allocating an area at the Western Wall for egalitarian Jewish prayer, despite growing opposition from rabbis and political allies
Netanyahu firm on Western Wall
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The Western Wall is venerated by Jews as a remnant of a wall supporting the Second Temple complex, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. On its other side is the compound housing the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. The compound is a deeply sensitive location where clashes frequently erupt between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli forces. The Cabinet in January approved a plan allowing men and women to pray together in an area adjacent to the current Western Wall prayer plaza in the Old City of annexed east Jerusalem. 

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