June 12, 2013
A Majority in Israel Supports Reform-Conservative Equality
Two house cleaning items:
Last week I wrote an article for the IHT-NYT about separation between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs at the Superland amusement park:
You can read the article in full right here.
In my post about the number of Reform and conservative Israelis there were many interesting numbers from the IDI survey – first published here. 7.1% of Israelis define themselves as Reform or Conservative, as you can see here.
There were some other significant numbers in the survey that I didn’t mention the other day.
51% of Jewish Israelis would like to see equality between the “streams” – that is, the Reform and Conservative getting the same benefits and rights as the Orthodox. 41% would oppose such a move. Obviously, the more Orthodox an Israeli is, the less likely he is to support equal treatment, but 27% of the self-defined Orthodox still support it. 17% of Haredis would support equality, 31% of “religious” people support it, 53% of “traditional” and 78% of secular people support equality. Interestingly, the younger an Israeli is the less likely he is to support equality. Old Israelis are less religious and more liberal, younger Israelis are more traditional – that’s Israel’s demographic reality.
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