The upcoming election will prove a formidable challenge for the chareidi tzibur as the campaign will center around the controversy for and against drafting chareidim into the IDF.
In actuality the incitement campaign began some time ago, with the “women’s honor” issue pointing a finger of blame at the chareidi lifestyle, accusing the chareidi tzibur of treating wives in a disparaging fashion, using the secular way of life with its non-torah values as the litmus test to back up such a statement against an entire tzibur.
The chareidi tzibur is regularly referred to as “parasites” in Eretz Yisrael, blamed for everything from national poverty to an unbalanced government budget.
As the election is officially underway, set for 17 Elul 5772, the secularists seem to be competing for the “most anti-chareidi” title in their statements to the media.
In his column in the daily Yediot Achronot, prominent journalist Yaron London calls to shrink down the number of chareidim, to limit the size of this unwanted community. He states “the question is not how to compel chareidim to enlist in the IDF or how to increase their presence in the national workforce, but how to limit their numbers in Israeli society”.
“Most of us are affected by the rabbit syndrome, most call for unity rather than conflict and most of us are polite and bend over to comply with political correctness”.
“Hasn’t the time come to say what is in our hearts? The chareidism educates to be a parasite and foster poverty. It remains the most powerful agency in the spreading of ignorance, outdated ideas and other nonsense. It is the enemy of science, closed to the arts, mocks the rule of the people, hates and takes advantage of them, hates ‘the other’ whether from among our people or a strange people”.
“Strengthening the chareidim will weaken society to utter and complete defeat. Therefore, the effort being made to focus on chareidi draft should be dedicated to the real goal, shrinking the size of the chareidi tzibur!”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)