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Israeli debates on religion will have economic impacts

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Significance

Debates over the role of religion in society, especially the privileges of the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community, have emerged as a central theme ahead of September’s election.

Impacts

  • Without reform, a growing Haredi population will pose an increasing economic burden.
  • Even with the impetus of a decidedly secular government, changes to Haredi education systems would be slow.
  • There will be further clashes over public observance of the Sabbath.
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