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    • Dino
    • 12.07.10 | 21:19 (IDT)

    The way I see it Israel has a problem, and that problem is unemployment. It is not that Israel doesn't have enough jobs for all those who seek one. No, the nature of the problem is the fact that there is a certain percent of population which doesn't want a job at all. That community subsists on social welfare, and has too much time on its hands. That community refuses to do its duty and serve in the IDF for a mandatory three years service. Now that community wishes to decide who is Jewish and who is not. That shouldn't be allowed. Wean them of the paychecks earned by hard working secular Jews. There is no such occupation as "Torah study". That should be done in their spare time. If they want a say in society, they must contribute to society. Oblige them to perform their national service at the same time any other Jew performs it. If they can put on hold their higher education for three years, so can the Haredi. All should be equal, all should contribute and all should have the same benefits. Lastly: separate religion from the state. Western world has done that a long time ago. So should Israel. That is if you don't wish to be a theocracy instead of democracy. Final judgement on who is Israeli citizen must rest solely with the State of Israel, and only the State. No religious authority, no matter how great, should have the right to question or overturn the decision of the State on this matter. There are too few Jews in the world, for them to be divided by a group of people who do nothing in life.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Vote on conversion reform won't be brought to Knesset plenum
    First published 11:43 12.07.10 | Last updated 11:43 12.07.10
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