Israel's Fringe Welfare State

A shaky future for the ultra-Orthodox

Rarely has such a small group exercised so much power in a democracy. Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects constitute only 5% of the nation's population. Yet such is the nature of Israeli politics that, by acting as a swing voting bloc, they have managed to secure a growing package of government subsidies and concessions.

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