According to Avigdor Liberman, former Minister of Defense and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, the reason he refused to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition following the April 9 election, thus leaving Netanyahu without a majority and triggering a second national election, had everything to do with Orthodox Jewish men serving in the IDF. Liberman stood firm on his insistence that Netanyahu support the “Enlistment Law” that would cancel near-automatic military exemptions for anyone enrolled in yeshiva (Jewish seminary). But enlistment is just a small part of the bigger issue of Orthodox integration into wider Israeli society. Israel’s…
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