TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israel may pride itself on being an oasis of LGBT tolerance in the otherwise hostile Middle East, but many gay citizens are less than wowed.
On Sunday, the government came out in favor of effectively preventing adoption by same-sex couples.
Many have accused politicians of touting Israel’s LGBT bona fides to the world while failing to stand up for gay rights at home. But the top target of criticism has been Cabinet minister Ayelet Shaked, whose Justice Ministry, along with the Welfare Ministry, helped make the government’s case against same-sex adoption.
The wall is revered as a vestige of Judaism's two ancient temples and access to it is segregated by gender.
Most religious rites take place in the men's section in accordance with centuries-old Orthodox standards that hold sway in Israel.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's government formally suspended plans on Sunday for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
The decision will put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at odds with the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism that have large followings outside Israel but will smooth his relations with ultra-Orthodox parties in his ruling coalition.