Several MKs, including Dr. Aliza Lavie of the Yesh Atid party, have criticized the participation of their Knesset colleagues in Tuesday’s Women of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall.
Lavie, author of “A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book,” said that the attendance of MKs Stav Shaffir, Tamar Zandberg and Michal Roisin at the WoW service sends a message to the Israeli public that “Supreme Court rulings and police decisions are merely recommendations.”
The MK labeled the participation of the MKs in the service as a blatant violation of a 2003 Supreme Court decision on the matter.
“We as MKs should serve as an example for obeying the law,” Lavie said in a statement to the press. “I was shocked to find out this morning that my friends and Members of Knesset were wearing tallitot at the Western Wall plaza, especially given my admiration for their activities.”
The Yesh Atid MK said that she would continue to work towards a new arrangement at the holy site so that is accessible for all while taking into consideration the sensitivities of all concerned.