Thursday 24.10.2019, Kan News reporter on issues of religion, Akiva Weisz, published recordings from 2016 in which you can hear the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yitzchak Yosef, speaking about how the Ultra Orthodox parties were able to convince PM Netanyahu to take back the Kotel agreement which includes investment in and renovation of the egalitarian section of the Western wall.
The story reported that PM Netanyahu tried to convince the Ultra Orthodox parties to support the agreement by saying: there are a lot of Reform Jews in the United States that we need in America
In the recording, you can hear Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef saying:
“The Prime Minister called on us the chief Rabbis. He used a lot of pretty words to try to get me to agree to the Western Wall compromise, to have a committee that will have representatives from the Reform and Conservative communities. That is what they want after all, they want recognition. The Prime minister called us and asked us to compromise because there are a lot of Reform Jews that he needs in America. But the Chief Rabbinate was a brick wall, there is no way”.
MK Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beiteinu) responded to the recordings and said:
“Yesterday more proof was published of Netanyahu’s serial submission to the Ultra Orthodox. The Chief Rabbi spoke about how the Ultra Orthodox torpedoed the Kotel Agreement, that had already been authorised in the Government and despite causing critical damage to the relationship between Israel and American Jews. A liberal national-unity government will bring sanity back to Israel”.