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    • Geoff
    • 16.11.11 | 12:51 (IST)

    First of there is no such thing as a Lithuanian Hassid. These are two different movements. Secondly, the battle is being fought within as well as around Bnei Akiva. Thirdly, what we may refer to as the old school religious Zionism is alive and well in organizations such as Yakar and Keshet and Meimad. Fourthly what is pushing it out of the political realm is as much Shas as the militant right wing which holds sway in the territories. So the truth is that the state religious institutions are being taken over as much by Shas as what one may term the Hardalim. But the Hardalim are no more than a part of the Hozrim Bitshuva movement, and by no means the most significant part. So on the whole, the picture, while indeed a matter of concern, is far more nuanced than the author suggests

    from the article: Alone in the battle against Israel's religious zealots
    First published 03:48 16.11.11 | Last updated 03:48 16.11.11
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