RELIGION

Liberal Jewish groups take battle over holy site to court

Groups representing liberal streams of Judaism have appealed to Israel's Supreme Court to force the government to implement its decision on equal prayer at a key Jewish holy site.

Israel's government agreed in January to create an equal prayer site at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The compromise came after three years of negotiations.

The site has been at the center of tensions between the liberal groups, Orthodox leaders and the Israeli government.

But the prayer site was never established. The groups' legal petition submitted Thursday signals their frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government, which is propped up by two ultra-Orthodox parties.

The groups accuse the government of violating the right to equality and freedom of worship by not implementing its decision.