How did it happen that Israel is endangering the solid Jewish majority that lives in 78 percent of the area of the Land of Israel, because it wants to annex another 3 percent in the West Bank?
Isn’t that a great question? The same could be asked in America, where a tiny fragment of a minority now sets the agenda for the majority in regards to the institution of marriage. The essay observes
For years, Israelis have ranked low in the sciences and mathematics – 41 out of 64 countries, according to the Program for International Student Assessment tests. That is not surprising when one examines the conduct of the state with respect to teaching these subjects, especially in the past decade. Following are a few simple mathematical problems whose answers could have gotten more than half the country out in the streets demonstrating if we had only studied the way we should have in elementary school.
For example, how is it possible that 92 percent of the population is not capable of making the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) sector – whose proportion in the general population does not exceed 8 percent – share the burden of military service and take part in the work force, while allowing it to continue to be supported by generous funding? And when it comes to residing over the Green Line, why is the Haredi population there, which for the most part is not Zionist, five times larger than it is in proportion to the greater Jewish public living in Israel proper? Where do the Israelis who live in the territories work if fewer than 7 percent of the construction in Judea and Samaria is used for purposes of agriculture and industry, while all the rest is for residential and public buildings?
Why does 91 percent of the Jewish public inside Israel allow the 9 percent that live beyond the Green Line to determine the image, face and moral status of the country in the eyes of the international community? And how does that fit in with the ongoing infringement of the rule of law, and the undermining of the Israel Defense Forces and of human rights? Why does the majority agree that many billions of shekels be channeled to the welfare state over the Green Line when others living in the country are not allowed to enjoy the same benefits?
God only knows. The tyranny of the minority is the largest problem facing true democracy.
- Haredim To Handcuff 2,000 Little Children In Draft Protest (failedmessiah.typepad.com)