Israel’s Supreme Court Slams Government on Western Wall Deal
The High Court of Justice ordered the state Thursday to explain why it nixed a cabinet-approved plan to create an area for pluralistic worship at the Western Wall.
In the hearing, the justices leveled harsh criticism at the government for backtracking on a landmark deal that would guarantee non-Orthodox Jews free access to the Jerusalem holy site, saying any changes needed to made via government mechanisms.
“You conducted negotiations, you reached an agreement for an outline – but then during the legal proceedings, you made a fuss and said ‘it’s being frozen,’” Chief Justice Miriam Naor told state attorneys.
“You must explain why you have backtracked on the approved agreement,” Justice Hanan Meltzer added.