Podcast: 'Things will change when we haredim are the majority'

On this episode of Taxicab Diplomacy, driver Oren gives his opinion on religion and the state.

February 25, 2016 12:59
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Haredi political rally in Bnei Brak, March 11, 2015. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

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He is also confident that someday, Israel’s democracy will come to adhere more strictly to those rules. Why? Demographics.

Today Haredim make up around 10% of the population. By 2059, they're expected to be over 25%, outgrowing even the fifth of Israel's population who are Arab.

To put that another way, today, for every haredi Jew in Israel, there are about seven non-haredi Jews. By 2059, that number will drop to two. Not exactly a majority, but given the size of Israel’s Arab population, which is expected to grow from 20% to about 23% in that same time span, Israel’s democracy will look very different in a few decades.

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