Dermer: Israel’s challenge is integrating haredim

WASHINGTON — One of the most important challenges facing Israel is integrating its haredi Orthodox Jews, Israel’s ambassador to Washington told an Orthodox Jewish gathering.

“I see it as a huge opportunity, an untapped potential,” Ron Dermer said, this week addressing the Orthodox Union, a US umbrella group with a mostly centrist Orthodox constituency.

“If it’s done in a smart way they can both be integrated and feel a part of Israeli society while at the same time they can keep the very unique special identities that they have,” Dermer said.


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