Here's the gist of the controversy over Israel's holy Western Wall: lots of Jewish women think they deserve the right to pray aloud, read from the Torah, and wear religious garments there, just as men do, but the ultra-Orthodox caretakers of the site have made sure they're prohibited by law from doing just that. Things have gotten so tense over the past few months that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assigned famous former dissident Natan Sharansky to broker a deal. You know, because Israel doesn't have more pressing shit to figure out.
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