Mr. Maryles shpuld become familar with Israeli Hebrew usage. Hilonim are by definition non-religious. Masortim ar by definition traditional, meaning they pick and choose what mitzvot to observe.
Having thus pointed out, the author's thesis crumbles away.
Comment by Ira L. Jacobson — October 14, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
"Lapid should not be judged by a few offhand comments spoken in angry response to being constantly attacked as a Torah hater. He should be judged by what his stated goals are."
Men certainly should not be judged by their stated goals (their words). Men should be judged by their actions (especially their habitual actions overtime.) By this measure, Mr Lapid is certainly shown to be an opportunist using the need to address unsustainable dependency to undermine those committed to rigorous Torah-observance. Mr. Lapid habitually strives to whip up maximum hostility and fear while intentionally designing his"reforms" to make any transition as difficult and disrupting as possible. Israel needs a statesman to address this issue unfortunately the job has been given to Mr. Lapid.
Comment by Kenneth Mathews — October 14, 2013 @ 11:23 PM
Apparently Mr Maryles does not know Lapid's track record. He has been vilifying, slandering any & all orthodox group & rabbis for many years. Even before deciding to go from journalist to politics. He was brought up hating religious Jews by his late father. Lapid blamed orthodox Jews for every problem in the state, twisted misquoted fabricated statistics to "prove" that orthodox Jews are a cancerous parasite. e.g. "all hhareidim avoid the draft, while all hhilonim join the army". The truth being that many hhareidim do indeed serve & 25% of hhilonim avoid the draft but nobody says peep about that. Also hid that fact that a large percentage of hhareidim do alternative public/state service that no or almost hhilonim are willing to do. Also he hid the fact that the army is incapable of absorbing a full hhareidi draft. He openly stated when he announced his intention to enter politics that he planned to take apart the orthodox world.