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  5/10/2013, Sivan 1, 5773

All Attempts at Change will Renew Friday's Kotel Scenes


Member of Knesset David Tzur (Hatenu'ah) said, Friday, that the clashes which accompanied the morning's attempt by Women of the Wall to hold services in the Western Wall Plaza will recur with every attempt to change religion and state matters. Writing on his Facebook page against the backdrop of the liberal Judaism that arose abroad, the former Tel Aviv police chief said, "The issues of religion and state to which we have been indifferent over the years regarding marriage and divorce, the difficulties of conversion and the definitions of Jewish identity, have estranged the Jewish people in the Diaspora, who number as many as Jews in the land of Israel."

Tzur called on the government to be responsive to Diaspora Jews, "and not to relate [to the issue] as a handful of women who want to wrap themselves in prayer shawls. They are not the story! The question is if we can be a pluralistic state and society that respects the traditions and customs of all its streams. Unfortunately, we are still far from there! But we are not giving up."