From The Hartman Institute

The Rise of Haredi Power

Will the Haredi community’s surging population mean the inevitable end of liberal Israel? Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain discuss.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with United Torah Judaism MKs Yisrael Eichler, center and Meir Porush in the Knesset, January 25, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with United Torah Judaism MKs Yisrael Eichler, center and Meir Porush in the Knesset, January 25, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)

Over the past few decades, Israel’s Haredi community has transitioned from the political periphery to a position of power and influence. Now at the center of Israeli public debate, longstanding resentments around the community’s promotion of its own interests as well as its self-proclaimed role as “guardian of Jewishness” are resurfacing.

Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain ask: are there any compromises that will contain Haredi power or will the rise of the Haredim necessarily come at the expense of mainstream Israel? Will the Haredi community’s surging population mean the inevitable end of liberal Israel? Listen here:

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