The fanatacism of the Haredim is, when you get down to it, the greatest "existential threat" to Israel of them all. Jewishness is an ethnicity, or rather, a constellation of linked ethnicities. To insist that a dogmatic adherence to what the rabbis declare is a necessary part of Israeli identity is to cut Israel off from most of the world's Jews, especially those in th4e industrialized world. Ben Gurion's notorious "compromise" was indeed a disaster, and the state has been paying the price ever since. No government has had the guts to create a written constitution to replace the ad hoc one that now obtains, in all its ambiguity. That constitution should eliminate the obvious defects in the present political system, starting with the special preferences accorded to the ultra-orthodox, but also the dreadful method of proportional representation that hands enormous clout to tiny sects. In the absence of these changes, Israel is headed for corrosive internal strife.
President Rivlin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican (Haaretz)
from the article: Why Israel must become a secular state: a thought for Yom Kippur 5770