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As Haredim continue to defy legal rulings against modesty signs, many have begun to see Beit Shemesh as ‘the canary in the coal mine’ of Israel’s complicated secular-religious conflict.
Strong election showing of Shas and United Torah Judaism will lend the haredi parties heavy political clout in their demands for a High Court override bill and mass haredi exemptions from the army.
While elections were circumvented with a last-minute agreement, the line has been drawn for a recurrent political battle in the near future.
By PNINA PFEUFFER,ELI BITAN
The haredi population’s refusal to perform either military service or some form of national service is the core issue that set the coalition crisis in motion.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
The dynamics of the coalition crisis are clear. Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman is leading an uncompromising line on the issue of the Haredi draft law.
Not everyone is laughing about Ya'acov Litzman's recent proposal.
I am not saying that every ultra-Orthodox Jew, appearances aside, is cut from the same cloth.
By STEWART WEISS
A visitor on a tourist visa doesn’t have to serve in the army. But he or she also doesn’t get all the perks of citizenship.
By BRIAN BLUM
Asked if he would negotiate changes to please the haredim, he said that any attempt to change the bill would endanger all of it.
By GIL HOFFMAN
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