Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz addressed the controversy over the egalitarian prayer section of the Kosel in a meeting with Blue and White party activists.

Tensions escalated at the beginning of Tisha B’av after a group of charedim disrupted a reading of Eicha by the Conservative movement.

“The Western Wall is long enough to accommodate all parts of Israeli society. I am in favor of Orthodox leadership, but I am not in favor of Orthodox exclusivity,” the leader of the Blue and White party said in a video message.