Sounds tragicomic. But the base of it is helplessness. The time-bomb of ultra-orthodox demographics in Israel has ticked for decades, and it couldn't be stopped, of course, except through education. But since every PM, except Sharon, build a coalition with their votes, every one catered to their "Madrassas". Now demographics, and the result of their Yeshivot as Madrassas of medieval stupidity, turns into medieval aggressiveness. So since Netanyahu needs them, and only issues words, not actions about it, we have the very President of the Nation calling on citizens to protest. It's Paris 1968 ,made true; helpless, pathetic, and yet existential.
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