What you have to ask yourself is WHY the ultra-orthodox now have so much influence in Israel. Equally, why do ultra-nationalists have so much control over the political agenda. These groups have grown in strength because they have been allowed to, because successive governments have deliberately helped them to feel strong and powerful. The ultra-orthodox are simply doing what any group would do, taking advantage of the opportunities that have been given to them to believe that they can dictate terms.
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