“This is about a neighborhood just a few minutes away from here, but how much does the regular secular Israeli know about them other than the demonstrations and bad stuff that gets into the media?”
To some, this might sound like heresy and lunacy in equal measure. The haredim have been called many things in their time – but moderate?
The demand, first published by the KAN public broadcaster, was roundly condemned by opposition politicians and civil society groups.
Expectations were high that significant numbers of haredi voters would vote for non-sectoral parties.
“Forecasts based on natural growth rates, which do not take other factors into account, should be treated cautiously."
The key to ultra-Orthodox integration
It is incumbent on the non-ultra-Orthodox to reach out to the Haredim with wisdom, understanding and patience to gently encourage integrating their young people into modern life.
Ashdod is 20% Haredi, but members of that demographic hold over 30% of seats in the city's municipal council
For the ultra-Orthodox sector and for us as a society, justice is not charity.