what is amazing is that the issue of religious coercion arises on an event affecting a few dozen citizens (though they have the right to justice too) and no one says anything about the fact that haredi extremism controls the private lives of millions of Jews here and abroad in the critical areas of marriage and divorce, conversion, non-discriminatory provision of religious infrastructure to all streams of Judaism etc. In fact the only western democracy where Jews do not have freedom of religion is ironically in Israel. conservative, reform, re-constructionist, secular Jews all are subject to the tyranny of the ultra orthodox monopoly which is getting more and more extreme and Kafkaesque every day. If we are to survive 9for that matter if halacha is to survive) we need to break this debilitating monopoly and force all parties to compete for adherents in an open free democratic environment with a level playing field. the state must be neutral and should not finance one groups oppression of the rest as is the case today.
PM postpones Israel-Germany summit marking 50 years of diplomatic ties (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel or Immanuel?