Semi-interesting discussion of the Times Magazine article, but I thought it was a bit superficial.
I wrote a blog post about it which you can see here
, or here
. I think the problem identified in the article, as well as other odious activities of the ultra-Orthodox parties in Israel, embodies the pernicious effects of a parliamentary system. In Israel it has clearly given these intolerant fringe parties a disproportionate share of political power, which they use, as almost any group would, to work their will on the population as much as possible.
In terms of the ethnic politics of Israel and the future, it seems to be pretty clear that as long as these groups have as much power as they do it will be impossible for Israel to form a tolerant, secular society.
Or, to put it another way, this
is what we call the only democracy in the Middle East? It's to laugh.