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    • ABACH
    • 27.04.13 | 21:26 (IDT)

    I'm afraid I do not concur with your initial assertion Carlo. I believe that many secular Israelis hate and fear the Haredim for the following three reasons: a. because they look and behave differently than the rest of modern society (in other words hatred of the "other" -i.e. anti-Semitism). b. because they (the secular and modern orthodox) fear that Jews and Israelis will be stigmatized because of the haredi minority that lives among us (on the part of non-Jews), and c. because of a perception of over-rating the "threat"of haredi birth-rates coupled with their drag on the economy, lack of national service and militance against liberal values and pluralism. The truth is that the real threat to Israel are the hard core settlers - not the haredim.

    from the article: Yair Lapid, the Haredim and Israel’s way to normalcy
    First published 15:44 24.04.13 | Last updated 15:44 24.04.13
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