Rise of Rabbinical 'Ayatollahs' Divides Israel against Itself
Cockburn, Patrick, The Independent (London, England)
In the weeks before the Israeli election, Shas, one of the religious parties, distributed 150,000 amulets blessed by a venerable rabbi. Many secular Israelis were disbelieving or contemptuous. But when the results of the election came through, one Israeli commentator said the amulets of the ultra-Orthodox Jews had proved more powerful than the candles around the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the murdered prime minister.
As Binyamin Netanyahu forms his government the religious parties, fresh from their success at the polls, where they won a fifth of all seats in the Knesset, have been making their demands. All shops and businesses should be closed on the Sabbath, dietary laws …
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