Compromise reached over Givat Ze’ev synagogue

November 15, 2015  

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), Periphery Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas), Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), and the Givat Ze’ev Regional Council head have outlined a solution after the slated destruction of a Givat Ze’ev synagogue, Arutz Sheva has learned. 

The outline sets aside space for the synagogue to be rebuilt in a new building where an adjacent playground is now. In exchange, the congregants of the Ayelet HaShachar synagogue will leave later Sunday, and be housed in a temporary structure in Givat Ze’ev as the replacement building is constructed. 

No state bulldozers or tractors will be brought in; instead, the synagogue will be reassembled in its new location within three months, the outline states.

Bennett emphasized that the new building will be a permanent structure – not a temporary solution. 

The outline signifies a compromise between religious leaders, congregants, MKs, and Israelis across the country who protested against the demolition of the synagogue, which despite being built over 20 years ago was slated for demolition after a petition from extremist leftist group Yesh Din.

The group claims that the structure had been build on privately-owned Palestinian Arab land, but congregants say they have proof they purchased it legally, and not the alleged Arab “owner” has yet to emerge. Public officials have rallied behind the synagogue and called to save it, stating that sends the wrong message to Israelis over the character of the Jewish state. 

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