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Rabbi Gilad Kariv's Statement on the Suspension of the Kotel Agreement

‏יום ראשון ‏25 ‏יוני ‏2017

This morning the Israeli government froze the Western Wall agreement, giving in to pressure from the ultra-Orthodox. 
Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the President and CEO of the Israel Reform Movement spoke out in protest of the Government Decision:

“The decision by the government is a reprehensible and embarrassing surrender to the pressures of the Haredi political parties which severely damages the basic core interests of the state of Israel and the Jewish people. The Prime Minister and his coalition partners actively gave their blessing to this anti-Zionist step that will hurt the relations between Israel and the Diaspora, and weaken the connection of millions of Jews to Jerusalem. We will continue to fight for the right of equality and freedom of religion at the Western Wall and every other site in the state of Israel, together with our many partners in Israel and throughout the Diaspora.  As a result of the incapability of the government we have petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court and we believe that it will defend the Jewish and Democratic values of the state of Israel in a more appropriate way than that of the government which failed in this disgraceful and terrible decision."

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