After an uproar from the ultra-Orthodox factions in the tenuous coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff, David Sharan, was tasked with forming a committee to review the Western Wall compromise. The deal, a labor of love, sweat and tears masterminded by Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, calls for a new permanent prayer pavilion to be erected in the Davidson Archeological park, which abuts the southern end of the Western Wall.
Sharan, who was appointed cabinet secretary on May 23, was given 60 days to review the plan and meet with the various players involved in drafting the deal. His time runs out on June 1. According to The Forward, only one or two such meetings have been held.
This week, as the government reboots with the addition of new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu to the coalition, there is much speculation over how, if at all, pending issues of religion and state will be affected.