Monday, August 31, 2009
Foreboding Commentary on Israeli Politics and Education
I always enjoy reading Marc Shulman's daily analysis of what's happening in Israel. Sunday's is especially important and foreboding - and not so enjoyable. This time, the greatest threats are internal: the complete corruption of Israeli politics, as evidenced by the indictment of the former Prime Minister, along with some short-sighted kid-glove treatment of the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population following yet another week of Shabbat rioting over the opening of a parking lot in a non Haredi area of Jerusalem. Add to this some educational statistics that are downright scary: the combined Arab and Haredi school population is about to cross the 50% threshold of all Israeli school children. Neither group is mainstreamed into the regular Israeli public schools and the Haredi "graduates" of the system are virtually unemployable.