A petition against the observance of halacha at the Kosel was posted on the website of the New Israel Fund and collected the signatures of 375 rabbis.

The letter lambasted religious Jews and guards who recently stopped a group of Reform Jews and rabbis from flouting Kosel regulations and bringing private Sifrei Torah into the Kosel plaza.

It expressed support for the “colleagues who were attacked” and for Women of the Wall and anyone else “prevented from praying at the Kotel according to his or her custom.”

The Conservative Movement in the United States released a video accusing Prime Minister Netanyahu of lying when he said that “only the most ideologically charged elements” of the egalitarian Kosel deal had been frozen.