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    • Miche Norman
    • 05.08.07 | 12:05 (IDT)

    However loudly and furvently Levy's new found Haredi friends pray, they can only pay for the success of the soldiers from the other half who have the unpleasant and dangerous duty of manning the checkpoints and conducting the searches whih are unfortunately necessary to keep the suicide bombers off our streets. Half the population also turns out to be more or less enough to serve in the army and also to pay the taxes - because also legally, the ultra orthodox have larger family and so recieve larger child allowances and more tax points and so even if they do work, they are almost without exception recipients from the tax/ national assistance system and not net contributors. The problem is that the silent majority, who pay the taxes and lay their lives on the line are becoming a smaller and smaller portion of society and they are its backbone - eventually the weight of those who are to conscientious to be part of that backbone could break it

    from the article: Half the people are enough
    First published 00:00 05.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.08.07
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