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Economic Niches

Virtually all ultra-Orthodox males refuse to do military service, opting instead to study religious texts full-time, taking advantage of an ill-advised compromise forged in the early years of the state between the government and Haredi leaders. They believe they do God’s work. Those Israelis who serve compulsorily in the army see things differently. ...
Enter Lieberman. As with all politicians, he has engaged with the ultra-Orthodox, which has become increasingly imperative in recent decades, as their population and electoral influence ballooned. ...
In addition to refusing to serve in the military, the ultra-Orthodox are, in economic terms, net takers, not contributors. More than 50 percent of their population lives below the poverty line. The average birth rate in their community is 7.8 children per family, and they are employed at significantly lower rates than the non-Haredi population. When they do work, they typically hold more menial jobs.
- VIVIAN BERCOVICI, How Bibi Blew It, Commentary, MAY 31, 2019


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