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Vice president of China lands in Israel, heads straight to Western Wall in Jerusalem
As part of a four-day visit emphasizing talks on economic cooperation, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan joined Israeli officials for a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, despite official Chinese policy not recognizing Jerusalem’s Old City as part of Israel.
Why Israelis aren’t as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews
The Israeli public as a whole has been substantially less committed to—in fact, downright unenthusiastic about—changing the status quo.
Reinforce both the wall and our sovereignty
Israel is the sovereign entity in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount—not the waqf and not Jordan.
Jonathan S. Tobin
When a rock falls in a plaza . . .
The Kotel rock was a case of a stone meeting gravity. But it was also used as an excuse for Jewish score-settling while allowing the Palestinians to explain again why peace is not in sight.
Antiquities Authority experts to determine fate of dislodged rock from Western Wall
Archeologists and engineers from the Israel Antiquities Authority arrived on Wednesday to figure out what to do with the 2,000-year-old rock.
220-pound stone falls out of the Western Wall, narrowly missing a woman at prayer
The breakage comes just a day after the Western Wall plaza was filled with worshippers marking Tisha B’Av—a day of fasting and mourning the destruction of the two holy Jewish temples at the site.
Jewish tensions heat up over Western Wall prayer space
Leaders of the Conservative and Reform Jewish movements fear that the actions of Israeli politicians in recent weeks may contribute to a widening gap between Israel and Diaspora Jews.
Jonathan S. Tobin
Heed the lessons of Natan Sharansky
The hero of the struggle for Soviet Jewry’s efforts to foster unity were snubbed by Israel’s government while he was head of the Jewish Agency, but Israelis and American Jews should still be listening to him.
Last-ditch efforts may salvage plan for mixed prayer at Western Wall
Ariel Kahana, Mati Tuchfeld and Staff
Ministers vote by phone late Sunday night on new members for Ministerial Committee on Holy Places, with aim of creating an egalitarian prayer space at the holy site • Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz replaces Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on the committee.
Jonathan S. Tobin
One Jewish people, two dissonant tribes
A new survey of Israeli Jews shows strong feelings of solidarity with the Diaspora, but little interest in listening to the views of American Jews. It should cause soul-searching in both communities.
How (and why) Israel must bridge its gap with American Jewry
The two Jewish centers must fully recognize one another. Just as American Jews become more loyal to their Americanness when they are also Zionist, so must Israelis espouse the notion that they can be more Jewish and more Zionist if they grant full recognition to American Judaism.
Permits requested to expand egalitarian prayer section at Jerusalem’s Western Wall
The goal is to expand the size of the area in accordance with original plans laid out in a January 2016 Western Wall resolution.
Pence concludes Israel trip with ‘inspiring’ Western Wall visit
Pence concludes his visit by praying at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
Groups petition Israeli High Court for expanded Western Wall egalitarian prayer section
The Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, and the Women of the Wall prayer rights group brought a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice.