Opinion Israel Is Not Becoming a Jewish Fundamentalist State

Israel's ultra-Orthodox leaders triggered another round of farcical crises about the military draft and infrastructure work carried out on Shabbat. Far from being a show of strength, it's a sign of their terminal political weakness – and loss of control over their flock

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Israeli politics is gripped right now by two simultaneous political “crises” over state and religion. Both threaten to rip the government apart. Both are farcical affairs that could be solved easily and...