Министр финансов израиловки обрезает финансирование пейсатых религиозников и отменяет их привелегии.
Apr 25, 5:14 PM EDT Culture war in Israel targets ultra-Orthodox Jews
By DANIEL ESTRIN
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A cultural war has erupted between Israel's rising political star and his ultra-Orthodox rivals.
Newly minted Finance Minister Yair Lapid, hugely popular for opposing the long-standing preferential treatment enjoyed by the religious minority, is moving swiftly to slash state handouts to large families, compel lifelong seminary students to work and join the army, and remove funding for schools that don't teach math, science and English.
The religious - labeled "parasites" by one Lapid emissary this week - are crying foul. But they appear helpless, at least in the short run, to stop Lapid from pressing his agenda.
For most of the last three decades, the country's small ultra-Orthodox minority sat in governing coalitions, securing vast budgets for religious schools and automatic exemptions from mandatory military service for tens of thousands of young men in full-time religious studies.
Tapping into widespread resentment over these expensive perks, Lapid made a strong showing in January elections. His new Yesh Atid, or There is a Future, party finished second in the voting, turning him into the newest star of Israeli politics and propelling him to a senior position in the governing coalition.
The religious parties, meanwhile, were pushed into the opposition. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_CULTURAL_WAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-25-17-14-20