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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 19.12.11 | 05:33 (IST)

    During the War of Independence the ultra-orthodox were a problem, a blight, and an impediment. They refused to help defend Israel. They refused to cooperate with the Yeshuv. They even refused to accept the existence of Israel. Yet they could not be abandoned to the fate of those who refused to defend themselves or admit the existence of the Jewish state. A deal was struck. They would accept the State and in return the State would give them control of 'religion.' A deal that worked as long as the government of the state had no intention of letting the ultra orthodox rule the nation. The rise of the radical right to dominate and control Israel has led to the rise of Ultra-Orthodox control of Israel. The 'deal' which minimized problem of those Jews which had no use for a Zionist state has produced the control of the Zionist State by the descendants of those which opposed it. What greater irony is there?

    from the article: Israel Interior Ministry still letting Chief Rabbinate decide 'who is a Jew'
    First published 01:06 19.12.11 | Last updated 01:06 19.12.11
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