Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky announced on Monday, 8 Kislev 5774 that when Women of the Wall gather at the Kosel next rosh chodesh and read from a Sefer Torah there will not be any arrests made as has been the case throughout the years. Sharansky made his comments at the General Assembly Conference.
Sharansky spoke with Israel Radio as well, explaining the government and the Jewish Agency are working hand-in-hand and new policies exist that were not in place in earlier governments. For one thing, he explained “we are negotiating with the Conservative and Reform”, for he posits this is critical towards increasing the connection with those streams and the State of Israel or risk losing their Jewish identity entirely.
Speaking to Women of Wall representatives at the conference, entitled “The Global Jewish Shuk: A Marketplace of Dialogue and Debate”, Sharansky said “I can promise you there will be no arrests” regarding the women davening and reading from a Sefer Torah at the Kosel.
Sharansky remains an ardent advocate of recognizing the rights of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism and giving them official recognition in Israel. He feels by shunning the majority of the Jewish People, the Conservative and Reform Movements, most of Am Yisrael will assimilate as a result.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)