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Likud Minister fed up with Haredi ultimatums

Likud Minister fed up with Haredi ultimatums

Our readers have come to expect Hiddush underscoring the unacceptability of ultra-Orthodox political shenanigans, extortion and coercion. However, this week, we heard comparable sentiments expressed by a leading Government Coalition member - Likud Minister Akunis.


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The Coalition Agreements: Religion and State Clauses

The Coalition Agreements: Religion and State Clauses

We are pleased to present to you the analysis report prepared by Hiddush on the religion and state clauses in Israel's 2015 coalition agreements. The document deals with budgets matters; education; freedom of religion and equality of civic burden.

Rabbi John Rosove: The New Israeli Government and Ultra-Orthodox Parties

Rabbi John Rosove: The New Israeli Government and Ultra-Orthodox Parties

As he strives to form a government, Prime Minister Netanyahu is making deals with small parties in exchange for their support.

Selling out to the ultra-Orthodox parties - what cost?

Selling out to the ultra-Orthodox parties - what cost?

UTJ was one of the first parties to sign a coalition agreement with the Likud. What are the costs to the Israeli government and taxpayers associated with this agreement?

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

According to a March 24 poll conducted by Rafi Smith Polling Institute for Hiddush – Freedom of Religion in Israel, 62% of Israelis support a government without the ultra-Orthodox parties; 87% prefer that control of the Knesset Finance Committee be given to Kulanu, rather than United Torah Judaism (UTJ).

Prepare for the return of the ultra-Orthodox parties

Prepare for the return of the ultra-Orthodox parties

A simple analysis shows that the only significant change between the current government and the next one will be a replacement of the center-right government by a government comprising the right and the ultra-Orthodox parties. The centrist Yesh Atid party, led by former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and the small HaTenua party led by former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, will be replaced by the United Torah Judaism party and Shas.

Overwhelming majority of voters want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

Overwhelming majority of voters want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

According to a December 3 poll, 62% of Israeli voters do not want the ultra-Orthodox parties in the next government, and 74% do not want to increase public funding for yeshivas. But most importantly: how will the undecided voters sway the upcoming March 17 elections?

Hiddush to Knesset: Voters Want Change

Hiddush to Knesset: Voters Want Change

Hiddush Vice President of Research and Information Shahar Ilan provided all Knesset Members with Hiddush's detailed analysis of the 2014 Israel Religion and State Index. It's clear that the voters want change - but the Knesset has been dragging its feet.

Israel's religion and state conflict take the Knesset's winter session by storm

Israel's religion and state conflict take the Knesset's winter session by storm

Knesset lawmakers are starting up the winter session right where they left off; equality in sharing the burden, accesibility of religious services, and public transportation on shabbat were immediately addressed by several cabinet members.

Why did MK Moshe Gafni single out Hiddush in the Knesset?

Why did MK Moshe Gafni single out Hiddush in the Knesset?

MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) is right about one thing: Hiddush works tirelessly to provide up-to-date facts and figures to policymakers on religion/state issues to advance the freedoms that were promised to Israelis in the Declaration of Independence.

Hiddush analyzes the impact of the new coalition agreements on religion/state in Israel

Hiddush analyzes the impact of the new coalition agreements on religion/state in Israel

Little and unsatisfactory reference to religious freedom, Equality in shouldering civic burden obligation to serve only starts in 4 years, in the meantime, full exemption to yeshiva students over the age of 22. Potential dramatic cuts in subsidies to ultra-Orthodox sector.

Hiddush releases proposal for implementing Civil Society in the State of Israel

Hiddush releases proposal for implementing Civil Society in the State of Israel

Hiddush released an detailed plan for implementing a civil society in the State of Israel for members of the new Knesset. The proposal is based around an additional basic law to implement religious freedom and conscience in Israel.

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Yair Lapid and his party, Yesh Atid, have expressed support for Jewish pluralism in Israel in an unprecedented manner. However, they also endorsed Rabbi David Stav, a Religious-Zionist Rabbi from the Tzohar Rabbinic Organization, as the candidate for Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi. Yesh Atid and Rabbi Stav hold seemingly divergent views on pluralism and freedom of marriage in Israel. So how does this all add up?

Hiddush election analysis shows impact of religion/state issues on voters' decision-making

Hiddush election analysis shows impact of religion/state issues on voters' decision-making

After conducting studies both before and after the 2013 Knesset elections, Hiddush noticed a strong trend in voters minds regarding religion/state issues. Rabbi Uri Regev: "Israel must not miss out on this historic opportunity for freedom of religion in Israel."

80% of the Jewish public supports establishing a civil government coalition

80% of the Jewish public supports establishing a civil government coalition

Rafi Smith Research Institute to Hiddush: 80% of the Jewish public in Israel support establishing a civil government coalition that will advance the agenda of religious freedom and equality.

70% of Undecided Voters: Voting on Religion and State

70% of Undecided Voters: Voting on Religion and State

Pre-election polling shows that 67% of the Jewish public in Israel believes that issues of religion and state will greatly influence their vote, including 69% of secular votes and 91% of ultra-Orthodox voters. President of Hiddush Rabbi Uri Regev comments, "Ignoring the issues of religion and state on the campaign trail only lowers the quality of the discourse and it goes against the interests of the parties."

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