Wandering battlefields

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March 30, 2017 13:28

Haredi city council representatives still wield their influence to impose their views; representatives of the general non-haredi public tend to be too accommodating.

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Homat Shmuel

The latest source of haredi-secular tension is playing out in Homat Shmuel. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with popularizing the concept of “wandering battlefields” – surprising his enemies who were lying in wait for him somewhere with an attack somewhere else. Time after time, he employed this tactic to knock enemy armies out.

While it is unclear if the spirit of the little Corsican corporal who became an emperor thanks to his military genius is blowing on Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, the resemblance is sometimes striking.

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