Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, marks the first anniversary of the government’s decision regarding an equitable arrangement for prayer at the Western Wall. The government’s decision was never implemented.
During the course of this year, despite unceasing harassment by the Western Wall rabbi, Women of the Wall continued praying at the Western Wall. We suffered intentional harm caused by disruptive worshipers who the authorities chose to ignore. […]
You would have repaired an historic injustice against women and girls and deservedly earned the gratitude of Israelis and Jews worldwide. But, for reasons that you have never shared with us, you chose not to use the power in your hands and implement your own initiative. It is impossible to overstate the damage done to our faith in you. The same can be said about the confidence of millions of Jews in the judgment and integrity of the government you lead.
I have no doubt that the day will come when a young girl will rise to the Torah at the Western Wall.
She will lead our congregation in prayer and will celebrate her bat mitzva for all to see. She will arrive at her maturity despite your short-sighted surrender to an extremist minority.