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Bennett in bind over prayer space by Western Wall

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett knows that in the current political constellation, he has little choice but to advance the outline for a Jewish prayer space by the Western Wall.
Naftali Bennett, head of the Habayit Hayehudi party, the Jewish Home party, during a visit to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, on Jan. 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has a majority, at least on paper, to pass the Western Wall compromise. This compromise outline has been discussed for years inside Israel and in contacts with American Jewry leadership. It would allow liberal denominations of Judaism to pray at the site in keeping with their beliefs, including the full and equal participation of women.

In fact, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, who has been advocating for this, announced last week that he intends to push forward with the compromise proposal, which former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put on hold in 2017. Other supporters of the compromise include Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli and, of course, the leaders of left-wing Meretz. All of these ministers represent a predominantly secular, liberal electorate.

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