Jewish Agency cancels event with Israeli PM in protest of Conversion Law and Western Wall plan freeze

In sharp protest of the Israeli government for passing the Conversion Bill and freezing the Western Wall plan, the Jewish Agency decided to cancel an event scheduled for this evening, which the Israeli Prime Minister was supposed to attend. Their protest comes as the government decisions conflict the commitments given to leaders within the Reform and Conservative Judaism movements.
The ultra-Orthodox are satisfied with the government decisions Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Hadas Parush/Flash90

The Jewish Agency announced this morning (Monday) that an event it scheduled with the Israeli Prime Minister at the Knesset this evening will be canceled due to the Israeli government’s decisions yesterday. The schedule for the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting is expected to change as a result.

As reported yesterday by JOL, the Conversion Law was approved along with the freezing of the Western Wall plan, which was aimed at creating an egalitarian prayer area at the compound.

The Jewish Agency published an official statement writing that the Israeli government’s decisions conflict with the commitments it gave to the Reform and Conservative Judaism movements and could lead to a large rift with Diaspora Jewry. Israeli Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman announced that he will appeal the decision.

“Five years ago, the Prime Minister asked me to lead a joint effort to bring about a workable formula that would transform the Western Wall into, in his own words, ‘one wall for one people,’” Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky wrote on his Facebook. “After four years of intense negotiations, we reached a solution that was accepted by all major denominations and was then adopted by the government and embraced by the world’s Jewish communities. Today’s decision signifies a retreat from that agreement and will make our work to bring Israel and the Jewish world closer together increasingly more difficult.”



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