Israel’s secular liberals should claim minority status
Political liberalism is floundering in Israel. But even if we cannot win at the ballot box, we have a right to our identity, and must begin to fight for it.
Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has been sponsoring a bill that would finally fix one of Israel’s greatest anomalies: Jews in Israel are not allowed to marry whoever they want to, and even more incredibly, they cannot marry the way they want to. Jews cannot choose to wed without a Rabbi, and any non-Orthodox Rabbi’s marriage ceremony is not recognized as valid.