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    • Zev Davis
    • 16.12.13 | 18:43 (IST)

    So you define Zionism one way, or the other. In the 30's there was a Mapam politruk that established a policy that effiectively kept anyone that was "religiously observant" from attaining certificates to reach Mandatory Palestine, later, after the State was formed there was a "selekstia", where anyone what was religiously observant knew they had to wait in line after the Secular Socilaists got their dibs, leaving almost nuthin' left. The truth be told, you will find more "religious" Zionists that have positive feelings for the Land of Israel than the secularist students that are "somewhere in the middle". The chances that the students that are sittin' on the fence are less likelty to come on Aliah, while religious Zionists, are better. You might as well fund both and see how it comes out, no?

    from the article: Israeli government deal ties Birthright funding to subsidies for ultra-Orthodox yeshivas
    First published 16:57 16.12.13 | Last updated 16:57 16.12.13
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