There are 2 problems with Litzman's lament. First, a lot of it is about him...as if a government minister gets and holds his job outside the framework of elections and coalition politics. Sorry sir but after years of being on top of the political pile, your camp has had a reversal;. It's called parliamentary democracy. Second, no one is boycotting Litzman or his sector. What many Israelis are doing -- enough to carry the day, including the religious Zionists in Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi --is attempting to more equitably distribute the totally lopsided financial benefits and other perks, such as IDF exemptions, long enjoyed by the ultra-Orthodox. Sharing the burden and the resources is also a part of democracy! Most Jews do not accept the ultra-Orthdox claim that their particular way of life is the essence of Judaism and crucial to the well-being of Israel. Litzman and the other ultra-Orthodox politicians will no longer be able to use state power to coerce the majority into endlessly indulging them. This change is not a boycott; it si righting a wrong.
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