In this important video (05:23), MK Merav Michaeli responds to the 2017 Western Wall and conversion controversies with a strong message about the essential role that secular Jews play in Israeli society and the Jewish people. She criticizes the ultra-Orthodox influence on Israeli politics and praises secular Judaism as the largest and most successful stream of Judaism, arguing that the Torah and the State of Israeli belong to all Jews equally – regardless of their level of religious observance of where they live in the world. The Hebrew speech is accompanied by onscreen English subtitles, and a complete English translation can be seen in this article from the Times of Israel. Merav Michaeli is a Knesset member in the Labor Party and a former journalist, TV anchor, radio broadcaster and activist.
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