Thursday, December 26, 2019

It's About Time

Source: Haaretz

Opinion // At Last, Israelis Are Turning Away From Their Medieval Religious Maniacs

This election will determine if the future of Israel will be gender-segregated, ignorant, poor and fundamentalist. And there's evidence that Israeli Jews are finally seeing the light 

By Eric H. Yoffie | Sep 13, 2019

Prime Minister Netanyahu flanked by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, left, and Interior Minister Arye Dery at a conference of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Hamodia newspaper, November, 20, 2016.Kobi Gideon/GPO

For the first time in a long time, there is a modest possibility that, as a result of next week's election, the religious realities of Israeli society might actually change for the better.

Such an outcome is far from certain. Nonetheless, the campaign has developed in such a way that Israeli voters have been reminded of something that they have long known but rarely discuss: The great majority of Israel's Jewish voters are simply fed up with an Israeli government that panders non-stop to ultra-Orthodox dictates.

Something very interesting and different has happened in this latest round of campaigning.

Parties across the political spectrum usually refrain from criticizing the Haredi parties, preferring to cozy up to them so as to retain the option of eventually drawing them into a governing coalition.

But this time, what has transpired is exactly the opposite. Parties of the left, right, and center have attacked the Haredi political establishment with gusto, recognizing that doing so is a winning electoral strategy.

The virtues of such an approach are most apparent from the experience of Avigdor Lieberman. After the last election, many polls suggested that Lieberman's right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party would get at most 5 seats, and might not even make it into the Knesset.

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