New Hope candidate Dani Dayan, the former consul-general of Israel to New York, says he refused an order by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to blame Reform Jewry for the government’s decision to freeze a plan to build an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall in 2017.
“When the Western Wall deal was frozen, I was instructed by Prime Minister Netanyahu to blame the Reform” movement, said Dayan at a conference last week, according to a statement Sunday. “It wasn’t true and therefore I refused, even at the cost of ending my term as consul-general in New York.
“I told the prime minister that the keys are on the table and if he wants to, let him extend his hand and take them and I will go back to Israel. I couldn’t live with a quiet conscience after blaming the Reform [movement] for the suspension of the Western Wall plan,” says Dayan, whose New Hope party is seeking to replace Netanyahu in Tuesday’s election.