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Israel's Supreme Court has handed down two decisions that demonstrate the critical importance of an independent civil judiciary, but the Government Coalition continues to capitulate to the ultra-Orthodox political parties.
The Prime Minister must either stop the incitement against non-Orthodox Judaism from within his own government or sever his political alliance with those who wage war against world Jewry and block Netanyhu's own public commitment to ensure that all Jews feel at home in Israel.
90% of the adult Jewish public is dissatisfied with the Israeli Rabbinical Courts' way of dealing with Agunot and women whose husbands refuse to grant them divorces.
Last week at a national rabbinic conference, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared that rabbis should warn the Israeli public that in the event of legal disputes, they should take their cases to the rabbinical courts, rather than to Israel's civil courts.
Last week, we saw one of the most shocking and deplorable examples of why this authority should urgently be withdrawn.
It is anticipated that on Sunday the cabinet will be presented with ultra-Orthodox demands to entrust the decision regarding the municipal ordinance to Shas's leader Interior Minister Rabbi Arye Deri.
This week, our newsletter focuses on a number of petitions before the Supreme Court, which touch upon different aspects of the unholy alliance of religion and state in Israel.
In the past year, Hiddush focused on the battle for marriage freedom in Israel as our leading cause, conducting a comprehensive series of surveys and studies that highlighted a clear trend: the Israeli Jewish public supports marriage freedom.
This present analysis presents you with the gap between the Coalition parties (who claim to represent the "will of the people") and their very own voters.
A key focus of Hiddush's work is gender equality. It occupies much of our advocacy efforts and here we highlight extreme manifestations of the extent of women's exclusion in mainstream sectors of ultra-Orthodox society and media.
MK David Amsalem, a senior member of Netanyahu's Likud party, in his official capacity as Chairman of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, attempted to sabotage the agreement because it offends his religious sentiments.
Hiddush's review of the comments regarding the Western Wall made by the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, and the Head of the Opposition teaches us much about how Israel's political leadership prefers to deal with crises in relations to the Diaspora: it's called "Damage Control."
In this issue, we dig down into two critical issues explored in the 2016 Index: The Israeli public's increasing support for marriage freedom, and the Zionist Orthodox community's views on religion & state matters
Increased support for religious freedom and equality; increased opposition to governmental policies
A significant development in the arena of religion and state is a recent study conducted by the Jerusalem Post and the AJC, which was published last Friday. Hiddush analysis of the report is available here.