young haredis studying 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Eighty percent of the Israeli public is dissatisfied with the the government's policies on religion and state, according to a recent survey published Wednesday by the Smith Institute for the Hiddush foundation For Freedom of Religion and Equality.
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Among the secular public, 86% expressed discontent. Highlighting the divide in views on religious and state policy, 61% of non-haredi citizens supported the establishment of a Likud-Kadima government without Shas and United Torah Judaism. Eighteen percent of those polled did not have an opinion.
Seventy-seven percent of olim
polled disapproved of government policy on religion and state, even with the participation of Israel Beiteinu. Seventy percent of olim
supported the establishment of a civilian government which would include Likud and Kadima without Shas and United Torah Judaism, while 97% of haredim opposed a government of this composition.
Among the haredi population, 91% of those polled said they were dissatisfied with religious and state policy and within the religious sector, 64% expressed discontent.
A representative number of 500 people were polled on Sunday and Monday.
"The data represents the fact that the Israeli public is fed-up with policy being set by the haredi political parties and feels that their future and rights are being given up to the religious groups," said director-general of Hiddush, attorney and Rabbi Uri Regev.
"The public wants a leading government, not a submissive government. The
public desires a government which will finally implement the promise of
the Declaration of Independence relating to freedom of religion and
conscience. The public wants a government that will not pass yeshiva
stipends and will take away the monopolistic control over marrage and
divorce by the ever-more-haredi Rabbinate," said Regev.
Regev called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni "to answer the calls of the public and establish a
civilian government that will courageously implement the desired