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Hamodia Calling for Independent Haredi Autonomy within Israel

"If we were able to establish Bnei Brak, Elad Modi'in Ilit, Laniado hospital and Ezer M'Zion, we will also succeed in setting up an electric company, roads, and whatever else is required."
Anti-Zionist Haredim burning the Israeli national flag.

Anti-Zionist Haredim burning the Israeli national flag.
Photo Credit: Yonatan sindel/Flash 90

If you ask me, this is the real redemption: Haredi anger over the new government’s attitude towards their interests is increasing every day, and so the Agudat Israel newspaper, Hamodia, published an extensive article calling for the first time to establish a Haredi autonomy within the State of Israel.

The author attacks the behavior of National Religious leaders who have chosen to cooperate with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, despite the latter’s anti-Haredi stance.

Then he refers to the philosophical differences between the Haredi and Religious Zionist approach to the state – one sees it as an outright danger to the Jews, the other as marking the start of messianic times.

At this point, Hamodia offers a revolutionary idea: “Led by the media and the High Court, which are nourished by left-wing organizations funded by anti-Semites, they choose to deny the hard earned status quo in the relationship between the religion and the state, breaking all conventions by approving fictitious conversions, civil marriage, and interference in the life of the Haredi sector.”

Hamodia threatens: “If there is no turn in our favor, there is an option of last resort we should consider – to establish a Jewish autonomy in Eretz Israel.”

Note the “last resort” thing. Possibly because establishing an autonomy requires work?

“An autonomy means independence in governing our domestic affairs, without political sovereignty, overseeing our own constitutional independence, economics and the police, but without an army and foreign policy,” declares Hamodia.

“If we were able to establish Bnei Brak, Elad Modi’in Ilit, Laniado hospital and Ezer M’Zion, we will also succeed in setting up an electric company, roads, and whatever else is required,” it adds bravely.

The Aguda paper believes that the benefits of the new autonomy would be economic as well, since the Haredim would be able to work and earn a decent living without the need for academic degrees and without modesty issues.

And the Haredi autonomy won’t be wasting public funds on sports, “delusional” Western culture, prisons and rehab centers.

Man, are they in for a couple wakeup calls, at least regarding the prisons and rehab centers, where Haredi folks comprise a nice portion of the population. Turns out Hamodia is perfectly capable of being delusional without the benefit of Western culture.

Incidentally, why would the requirement for academic degrees be such a bad thing? In New York, both Touro College and Yeshiva University are turning out thousands of Haredim with academic degrees who later excel in the professions an in business. Is it because the Hamodia staff are afraid of being replaced by better qualified, eager Haredi journalists?

The Aguda paper promises further that “using wise and prudent management, we will succeed in budgeting one hundred percent of our educational institutions, kollel students will be the darlings of the public (yakirei hatzibur) and will receive respectable scholarships, and we would take care to offer housing at reasonable prices.”

Oh, please God, do it, do it now, don’t hesitate, you’ll be great at it, don’t wait. If you ask me, this is the best Atchalta d’Geulah news I’ve heard in a year.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Hamodia Calling for Independent Haredi Autonomy within Israel”

  1. Ani Stubbs says:

    perhaps in Gaza. What clowns Good article.

  2. Ira L. Jacobson says:

    The nastiness expressed in this article is very poor journalism.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Anyone in Israel who burns its flag should be deported. Sorry for the people who have to put up with these anti freedom of choice people.Let them go live under Sharia law in the West Bank or Gaza.

  4. Time to put an end to their free loading at the expense of the State they hate so much.

  5. I believe that it´s preferable to wait until the upcoming of the Mashiah! He will come with loans without interests (0% Libor) to build your country!

  6. Myriam Obadia says:

    those already exist (Hebrew free loan, etc.) and, if not us -the Jewish citizens of the State of Israel- who is going to prepare Eretz Israel for the Mashiah's coming? Who is he going to lead, if we aren't here and free to follow him?

  7. Myriam Obadia says:

    those already exist (Hebrew free loan, etc.) and, if not us -the Jewish citizens of the State of Israel- who is going to prepare Eretz Israel for the Mashiah's coming? Who is he going to lead, if we aren't here and free to follow him?

  8. Anonymous says:

    such a hate filled article! That's worse than burning a flag!

  9. Ian Schwartz says:

    so they are mad bc they aren't getting what they want, well boo hooo, move to a country where u can do what u want buring any flag is horrible.

  10. Joels Davidi says:

    Ha! Yori, you're the best!

  11. Joels Davidi says:

    But an autonomous State in the Middle East cannot survive without an army. Who will serve? Will they import Thais?

  12. Joels Davidi says:

    Babies that just need to stop whining and accept the situation. We're just sick and tired of hearing this BS..

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