'We need to strengthen the relationship with the Diaspora'

Senior director for Diaspora Affairs at the Ministry of Diaspora discusses decision on Kotel, relations between the Diaspora and Israel.

Uzi Baruch,

Hagai Elitzur (left)
Hagai Elitzur (left)
Arutz Sheva

Hagai Elitzur, senior director for Diaspora Affairs at the Ministry of Diaspora, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the government's decision to freeze the plan to establish a designated mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall and the backlash that has resulted from it.

“Of course, it's a very important issue to solve that hurts Israel-Diaspora relations in many ways, but at the same time I want to say that here we are in London with opinion leaders from Israel who came here to learn about the Jewish Disapora,” said Elitzur, who is part of a delegation by Gesher and the Diaspora Ministry that is visiting London.

“I think we have to tighten the relationship between us, in Israel, and the Diaspora, both on the political side of the Kotel arrangement and all that, but also in such a way that opinion leaders from Israel will understand what is going on here and the perspective that Diaspora Jews have on Israel and on our relationship,” he added.