Barkat wrote "Zionism and Orthodox Judaism alike instilled in the Israeli public ignorance of and alienation from the Jews of the Diaspora" This slanders the Charedim. Charedim have a far greater connection with their counterpart in the Diaspora than some leftist secularist in Tel Aviv. And the Charedim in the Diaspora are not at all alienate from life in Israel. Our great Torah sages in Israel are venerated, note the responce to the Gerer Rebbe and Rav Steinmans' visit to the States a few years ago. The communities are very intertwined. A.B. Yehoshua is the alienated one. Alienated from Judasim and its values, he would would be more at home in Berlin's cafes than in a Beit Medrash in Mea Shaarim.
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from the article: Alienated Jews