Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised patience and the need for “quiet diplomacy” on Tuesday to North American Jews angry and frustrated over the government’s failure to implement a decision to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
Speaking via video hook-up to the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America meeting in Washington, Netanyahu blamed Israel’s coalition system of government for the failure to implement the decision agreed upon by the cabinet in January.
“Now I’m going to tell you a secret about Israel’s government. It doesn’t quite work the way that the American government works,” he said, explaining that coalition politics often derails important governmental decisions.
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