Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu rolled out a welcome mat for Reform Jews at the Kosel yesterday, in a speech delivered to the final plenary of the movement’s Biennial meeting in San Diego.
“While the Wall may be in Israel,” he told the gathering in a satellite address from Yerushalayim, “it belongs to all of you, it belongs to you and to all the Jewish people, and I am committed to making sure that all Jews feel at home in our holiest site.”
Netanyahu thanked Union of Reform Judaism President Rick Jacobs for his efforts to help negotiate a compromise in the heated battle around the Women of the Wall: “No compromise is ever perfect,” Netanyahu said. “But I am convinced that because of the work we are doing together we will ensure that the Kotel will be a place of unity, not division, unity, where all Jews feel at home.”
The Kosel, he said “is about what Israel has always stood for and what it has always stand for, that Israel is and must continue to be the homeland of the entire Jewish people. That’s the place where all Jews, including Reform Jews, experience nothing less than ‘audacious hospitality.'” Read more here.