JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister says "several difficulties have arisen" in a historic agreement that would allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu said Sunday that he was committed to resolving the problem and hoped to propose a solution within 60 days.
In a historic move, Israel's cabinet voted two months ago to build a new plaza for mixed gender prayer at the Western Wall, adjacent to the current Orthodox prayer plaza. It was viewed as a victory for liberal streams of Judaism, which are dominant in the U.S.
The Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, is administered by ultra-Orthodox authorities, who have a monopoly over religious affairs in Israel and oppose mixed-gender or female-led prayers.
Religious elements in Netanyahu's narrow coalition government oppose the plan.