I am very glad to see an answer to those two foolish articles, but at the same time it is important to recognize that Israel is changing because of the increasingly aggressive religiousity of a portion of the population that has disproportionate power, and is using it to intrude on the lives of Israeli and world Jewry. The result is a fast eroding of democratic, pluralist, inclusive values that many hoped would characterize a Jewish State. If progressive Israelis and World Jewry do not mobilize quickly to push back against the intrusions of the ultra Orthodox, Israel will soon not be recognizable or easily supportable. The Federations, Reform, secular and Conservative/Masorti movements, in the diaspora, seem to be sleep walking during these threats, and not funding and supporting the progressive forces in Israel. Groups on the right are flooded with funds. Progressive groups are being starved by their natural constituencies. What is needed from world Jewry is a multiyear effort similar to Project Renewal. If this does not happen, they will simply walk away in disgust without having made a massive effort to save a democratic, progressive Israel at a time when it is still possible to make changes in the government, the Knesset, the education system and the courts. Anyone listening???
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from the article: Let's abandon the misguided fantasy of mass aliyah from the U.S.