American Conservative and Reform Jews who care nothing for the Beit Hamikdash, or about the Land of Israel for that matter, are so upset about Israeli insistence on maintaining the status quo at the Western Wall Plaza that they have inundated their Congressmen with complaints.
They are appealing to what is for us a foreign, goyische power to intervene and force us to do things their way. These are wicked people who would do such a thing. And this is in spite of the fact that a very nice, very special area of the Western Wall has already been made available to them. They davka want to make it impossible for Orthodox Jews to pray there any longer because that is what would happen if men and women were to begin mixing at the traditional prayer area off the plaza.
Usually, members of Congress are reluctant to criticize internal Israeli government decisions on most matters, but Eliot Engel, a democrat from New York, told The Jerusalem Post in a statement that interest from his constituency compelled him to speak out.
...Another New York Democrat, Nita Lowey, “strongly urged” the premier on Wednesday to change course.
"As a member of Congress who has advanced the US-Israel relationship throughout my career, I strongly urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to suspend the previously approved plan to create a pluralistic prayer pavilion at the Western Wall," Lowey told the Post. "The majority of Jews around the world consider Israel their ancestral homeland, and Israel should provide an opportunity for all Jews, men and women, to have egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall."
And Jerry Nadler, also a Democrat from New York, was harshest of all, saying in a press release the decision should "disappoint everyone who extols Israel as a champion of religious freedom and a model of pluralism."American Jewry is digging its own grave. They will pay a very heavy price for having instigated this.
All three members of Congress are Jewish, and represent some of the largest Jewish communities in the United States.
US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has "urged the parties to re-engage with each other" to resolve crisis between Israeli government, US Jewish leaders.Where, oh where is Mashiach!!!! Naftali Bennett reportedly said that US Jews feel they were slapped in the face by Israel. Somebody needs to slap them and hard! Maybe then they'll finally wake up!! (Not holding my breath.)