'Compromise' Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word in Israel

Relations between the ultra-Orthodox, national religious and secular publics in Israel are increasingly polarized and threaten the state's cohesion. Israelis need to relearn - urgently - the values of respectful compromise that were always key to building the state.

With this year’s Independence Day just behind us, Israel is at a critical crossroads. Tensions between Israelis, and particularly between mainstream Israeli society and the ultra-Orthodox, are coming to a head.