How is Israel faring on issues of religion and state?

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell” has long been the policy of the haredi parties when it comes to how the state deals with public works on Shabbat. As long as the work was kept quiet, the ultra-Orthodox parties did, too. However, as was recently the case with Israel Railways’ infrastructure work on Shabbat, as soon as the haredi media reported it, the politicians had to protest publicly.

And they did. And work was halted, inconveniencing thousands.


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