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Dear secular Israelis

To survive and strive, the Jewish state also needs the “other Israel,” it needs all those black-suited rabbis and students.

Israel, a modern democratic state, is taking in fact the opposite path of the West, which repudiated its own religious history, culture and tradition and it is now culturally and physically exhausted.

That pious, humble and religious Israel, with its the prodigious familiarity with G-d and Jewish religious tradition, has been essential in keeping Israeli society strong, especially such a besieged society encircled with enemies.

The religious communities are the bulwark of Israeli society. If you try to integrate them into general society, Israel will benefit from it. If you try to assimilate then, Israel will lose the baricenter of Jewish strength.