Government Secretary: Please report Kotel situation accurately

Cabinet Secretary says media should make public aware that the freeze of the Kotel outline is not the end and that discussions are ongoing.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Tzahi Braverman
Tzahi Braverman
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Cabinet Secretary Tzahi Braverman published a clarification Monday afternoon explaining the government's decision yesterday to freeze the Western Wall outline.

Braverman said that "It is important to Prime Minister Netanyahu that every Jew is able to pray at the Western Wall. Therefore, alongside yesterday's decision he issued three directives that have gone unnoticed: First, the Prime Minister instructed that work to prepare the southern plaza be expedited so that Jews from all streams may pray at the Western Wall.

"Second, that Jews from all streams be able to continue praying there – as they are able to do today.

Third, the Prime Minister instructed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and me to continue dialogue in order to try and reach a solution.

"I recommend that those trying to exploit this issue be precise with the facts."

The Cabinet decided yesterday to freeze the Western Wall deal and not to renew it. Any request to renew the outline will require a new decision from the government.

The plan, which was approved by the government and has now been frozen, includes the construction of a large and significant prayer plaza south of the Mugrabi Bridge, which will become an integral part of the Western Wall complex. Mixed prayer would be allowed between men and women at the plaza.

The decision is significant in that it constitutes the de facto abolition of the proposed Western Wall layout and will leave the situation in the Western Wall plaza unchanged.

The decision made by the government will make it difficult for the petitioners against the outline of the Western Wall, since the essence of the petition is a demand by the government to implement its decision.