- Aug 11, 2005
Imagine living in Israel and these guys (UltraOrthodox) who don't do anything but leech from the state have such a hold on power and it will only get worse as they get larger, meanwhile you have to work and pay your taxes, you will be drafted into the army while they do nothing but read their fairy talesNetanyahu seems cut from the same cloth as Trump, Erdogan, Bolsonaro, Orban, Putin...
Though I find it awkward that his anti-democratic instincts find expression through removing the power of the judiciary to constrain the legislature, while in the US it's the same judiciary that seems to be the prime mechanism for over-ruling democracy.
Also it seems like it's the same as everywhere else in that it's the most hard-line among the religious who have more children than everybody else.
Group includes 1.28 million people in 2023; Haredi women increasingly joining workforce while men's numbers stagnate; poverty rate twice as high as in general populationwww.timesofisrael.com