Shas party leader Aryeh Deri on Monday 20 Adar-I addressed the egalitarian prayer area near the Kosel. Deri feels Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita should have consulted more with Chief Rabbis of Israel Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita on the matter. Deri feels Rabbi Rabinowitz should have also consulted with Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbis.
During a weekly Shas faction meeting the matter of the Kosel area was discussed. Deri told his colleagues that if Rabinowitz had done so, the handling of the matter would have been smoother.
He added that the cabinet is trying to make Shas the ‘Shabbos goy’, telling faction members this will not happen as Minister of Religious Services David Azoulai will not sign off on the cabinet decision, a signature that is required to give the decision legal backing.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)