June 4, 2016

FOR SO LONG AS WE NEEDED THEM TO GUARD A SEA LANE, SOUTH AFRICA WAS AN ALLY...:

Orthodoxy and Right-Wing Extremism Go Hand-in-Hand in Israel -- Pew Study Explains Why (Naomi Zeveloff, May 31, 2016, Tablet)

Why are Israeli Orthodox Jews more attracted to politically extremist views than their non-Orthodox fellow citizens?

The question is not a provocation. It's one that grows out of a new analysis of data from the Pew Research Center's study in March showing that nearly half of all Israeli Jews want Arabs expelled from their midst.

To obtain a finer-grained understanding from the Pew survey of just who in Israel holds the most hard line exclusionary positions, Steven M. Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, created an "exclusivity index." The index, which Cohen devised for the Forward, combines data from two questions on the Pew survey: whether Israeli Jews agree -- and if so, how strongly -- that "Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel," and whether "Jews deserve preferential treatment in Israel."

The results did not reveal secular Israeli Jews, or Hilonim as they are termed in Hebrew, as being invariably moderate on these questions; some 70% in this group -- which makes up 40% of the country's population -- support preferential treatment for Jews over other Israeli citizens. But among the one-third of Israel's Jewish population who define themselves as either ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) or religious (Dati), Cohen found, "as many as 95% believe that 'Jews deserve preferential treatment in Israel.'"

On the question of expelling Arabs from the state, the divide is even clearer. According to Cohen's breakdowns, two-thirds of the Orthodox public supports the idea with just one third against it. "In contrast, we have almost the reverse among secular Israeli Jews," he said: "37% in favor and 63% opposed."

...but as soon as the Cold War was won we made them change their regime.



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