1. Various of Jewish worshippers attending priestly blessing at Western Wall
Jerusalem - 25 June 2017
2. Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) speaking on phone
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Center:
"I'm outraged by this government decision, I think it shows cowardice. For two years we negotiated in good faith with the government of Israel, we reached a compromise, this wasn't easy, I have a parking spot at the prime minister's office because we negotiated for two years. They've made a decision, overwhelming majority voted 15 to 5 to implement the compromise, and then today they decide that it is null and void, that they're not going to implement it, that equality is out the window, and the women ministers in our government, sat there and voted for it."
4. Hoffman talking on the phone
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Center:
"We will continue to pray there, and we will do it fearlessly, despite the incitement against us, but if there's going to be bloodshed at the Wall, and if one of us is going to be injured, this is on (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's hands, and if there's a rift between Israel and North American Jews, and Jews of the diaspora, it's on his conscience, because this compromise would have brought peace and harmony to the Jewish people. We have our faith in the supreme court of Israel. The supreme court of Israel may force Netanyahu's hand, to bring equality to the Wall as well."
FILE: Jerusalem - 13 April 2017
6. Various of women attending priestly blessing at Western Wall
7. Men praying at Western Wall
8. Wide of Jewish worshippers attending priestly blessing at Western Wall
An Israeli activist who works with a progressive Jewish advocacy group said on Sunday that she was "outraged" after an Israeli official stated the government had frozen a long-overdue plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered top aides to formulate a new plan.
Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center activist group, called the reported freeze "cowardice".
Sunday's decision dealt a blow to efforts to promote religious pluralism in Israel and is likely to upset liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.
Israel approved a plan in January 2016 to officially recognise a special mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall - the holiest site where Jews can pray.
But the programme was never implemented due to opposition by powerful ultra-Orthodox political parties.
Under ultra-Orthodox management, the wall is currently separated between men's and women's prayer sections.