LISTEN: During Passover, Israel Takes a Pass on Religious Freedom

The state's draconian handling of religious observance in public spaces has angered secular Israelis for years. PLUS: What's going on with Netanyahu's coalition? LISTEN FREE

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli man burning non-kosher food ahead of the Passover holiday.
Olivier Fitoussi

On today's show:

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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's "wise son," Anshel Pfeffer.

As Jews in Israel and across the world celebrate the Passover holiday – also known in Hebrew as the festival of freedom – we discuss the controversial ban on bringing food into public hospitals during the eight-day holiday. Is the government merely protecting the sensibilities of religious Jews or is this a as clear a case of religious coercion as it seems?

We'll also talk about the start of negotiations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his likely coalition partners – one of whom is demanding an end to the military service exemption granted 70 years to yeshiva students.