Is the Israeli identity carried by so many penetrating the nation’s chareidi community too?
In the “Zionist Index” survey of Israeli citizens, 45% of the chareidim responded that they define themselves as “Zionists.”
Compared to the national-religious public, this is a relatively low figure (95% of religious Zionists), but in light of the fact that in the chareidi education system, students are not taught citizenship or Zionism, this is a surprising figure indicating the increasing involvement of the chareidi public in Israeli society.
The survey was conducted in advance of Israel’s 70th Independence Day by the World Zionist Organization and through the Smith Institute for Research.
The survey reveals, among other things, that 86% of Israelis define themselves as Zionists. Among the older age group in Israel – over 50 – this figure is overwhelming (95%) over the relatively young age group – below 30 (75%).
It turns out that Israelis ‘sabras’ and new immigrants define themselves as Zionists in identical numbers – 86% -87%, respectively.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)