Rabbinate and haredi MKs ramp up bid to topple Western Wall mixed-gender plan

From the Times of Israel, June 20, 2017: Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has demanded it be permitted its own legal representation in the High Court of Justice to protest the establishment of the Western Wall mixed-gender plaza, as ultra-Orthodox parties demanded the “total cancellation” of the government-approved plan to build a section for non-Orthodox prayer at the holy site.

The Rabbinate’s request was backed up by Jewish Home Minister Uri Ariel and his party member Betzalel Smotrich in a letter they penned to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, which also implored the Israeli leader to scrap the deal in defiance of “extremist elements across the sea,” in an apparent reference to Reform and Conservative Jewry.

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