Is Yair Lapid the savior of religious freedom in Israel?
The Yesh Atid chairman told the arrogant, coercive Haredi Knesset leaders to stop their bullying. If he makes good on his commitment to Israel’s religious freedom, then Diaspora Jews will join the many Israelis who have already applauded his actions.
More times than I can count, I have asked Israeli politicians about the absence of religious freedom in Israel, and I have heard them respond with obfuscations, evasions, and excuses. When I made the case that religious freedom in Israel is a deep concern not only to Israelis but to the entire Jewish people, the politicians would generally smile indulgently, offer a modicum of sympathy, and change the subject.