Dear Minister Tzachi Hanegbi,
Congrats on your newest job!
Please allow me to suggest a new idea that might solve the Kotel dilemma democratically.
Advantages of this plan are that it:
- will give women’s and mixed groups their own spaces,
- does not need more floor space (the archaeologists will like this),
- costs hardly any money (everybody will like this),
- can be implemented in a short time (everybody will like this),
- does not try to make all the competing groups happy (they will have to make themselves happy – see below), and
- will make all three groups so busy with promoting their own ideas and recruiting people that they will not have any time left to attack the ideas or activities of others.
Disadvantage of this plan is that it:
- will only make the mixed group happy.
- The mixed group represents the biggest section in Israel and in world Jewry.
- The other two groups are too extreme to ever be pleased, so don’t even try.
- The democratic free marketplace of ideas will determine how much space each group may win each moment. People who think that their section/group is too small, better get to work now (work as opposite to complain, demonstrate).
[Don’t say that people are no good for not coming to pray with you.] If the restaurant is good, people will come and eat there. – Reb Shlomo Carlebach
The plan is:
- To install two movable tall fences, each perpendicular to the Kotel, dividing the Wailing Wall Plaza into three square sections: male, female, mixed – left to right, in that order, when looking eastwards towards the Temple Mount.
- Only the police can roll these two locked fences from left to right and right to left. No one else will have thekeys.
- The police will move the fences (let’s say: when needed every half hour) such that the three sections will be a correct representation of the percentages of the groups actually present at each moment. For instance: if 45% is in the men’s section, 20% in the women’s section, and 35% in the mixed section, the police will set the fences so, that the men will have 45% of the space, the women 20% and the mixed group 35%.
- The men’s % will include the narrow but long cave on the left of the men’s section, and for that reason will never be smaller than 10%. The other two sections will never be narrower than 2 meters each. This so that even on a quiet night every section can accommodate some people who are just arriving.
- The Chief Rabbi of the Kotel is responsible that enough and kosher Torah and Haftatrah Scrolls for the middle and right sections will be kept in a storage place right of the mixed section.
- The Police will keep the order.
I hope this may inspire you. (I kept it short so that an assistant of yours might even show it to you.)
May you be successful!