The supervisor of the Western Wall and the holy places Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz has refused a request by three female MKs to allow a public hanukkia to be placed in the women’s section of the Western Wall and to hold a public candle lighting ceremony there.
In response to the request of MKs Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union), Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) and Michal Rozin (Meretz), Rabinowitz said that negotiations to create a pluralist section at the site are close to completion, but that “extremist organizations,” meaning the Women of the Wall prayer rights group, were harming the process with various demands, including a women’s candle lighting ceremony which he termed “a provocation for the press.”
Women of the Wall criticized the rabbis response, saying that the negotiations have taken two years so far and could take longer yet to be completed, and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and ensure that a lighting ceremony can take place in the women’s section this Hannukah.
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