Ichud HaLeumi MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) told a session of the Knesset Education Committee that in a number of years we may have to establish a status quo to protect the rights of the secular minority, telling committee members that soon, the majority of the residents of Israel will be shomer shabbos.
Katz addresses how some committee members are confident that in 10-15 years, the children of MK (Yahadut HaTorah) Moshe Gafne will be holding a M-16, confident they will be in the IDF, seeking to explain “the parameters are changing”.
He explained that to date, the state was primarily chiloni, non religious, and the religious community has the so-called status quo that has set the religious character of the state in place. He explained that when he was in IDF officers training in 1971, there were three cadets wearing kipot out of 150 in the group while today, the number of cadets with kipot is 50-60%.
“If we take these parameters and apply it, who knows. Perhaps in 20-30 years the religious majority will have to make a status quo to protect the secular minority”.
Katz adds that the natural growth of the frum and chareidi community is 3-6.5% annually as compared to the chiloni population with 1.8%.
Therefore Katz believes in 20-30 years the religious or chareidi community that runs the country will have to protect the chilonim and that is statistically sound.
“We are one people and one land… and we must think in terms of the future, schools, democracy and realize the importance of education, whether it is secular or otherwise”.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)