Chareidim Have Agreed To Compromise Regarding Reform Jewry And Robinson’s Arch


According to a report released by Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), an agreement was reached by the heads of chareidi parties in Knesset permitting a compromise regarding the egalitarian prayer area at Robinson’s Arch in exchange for canceling the Kosel arrangement.

According to the report, Moshe Gafne, Aryeh Deri and Yaakov Litzman reached agreement with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu which involves sealing the religious status quo at the Kosel in exchange for permitting the egalitarian prayer area at Robinson’s Arch. This includes mixed prayer services without a mechitzah.

It appears the deal was presented to the Chief Rabbis of Israel and they too accepted it in light of the options. The deal was formulated by Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz. The deal is the result of High Court of Justice pressure setting a deadline for a response in one week.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. I think that generally we refer to the Reform as just that. Calling them ” Reform Jewry” gives them a legitimacy they do not deserve.

  2. I’m guessing that these Women Off the Wall are not going to be happy with the decision and will look to appeal. Also, there will be probably be an outcry from the right for compromising.

  3. Fair is foul and foul is fair. Some things never change. To this set, they just had their first victory. They will lay low for a while, reorganize the troops, and get ready for the next offensive. Beware.