Prominent North American Reform and Conservative leaders plan to visit Israel this month to personally notify Netanyahu that they will not tolerate any changes in the egalitarian Kosel approved in January for non-Orthodox prayer. The visit will coincide with the deadline Netanyahu set for dealing with the objections raised by chareidim against three elements of the plan that give legitimacy to the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.
The chareidim want separate entrances to the regular and egalitarian Kosels, not one common entrance as called for in the plan; they object to Reform and Conservative representation on the board administering the egalitarian Kosel; and they do not want the alternative Kosel to get direct government funding.
Reform and Conservative leaders in Israel threatened to petition the Supreme Court for an egalitarian place at the main Kosel plaza if any changes are made to the plan.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel