It is easy to understand why the controversy over the 2023-2024 budget that was passed in the early hours of Wednesday by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not receive the attention it deserved. Five months of unprecedented protests sparked by judicial reforms proposed by the governing coalition in early January combined with a five-day, early May operation in Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces, known as Shield and Arrow, worried the country and foreign observers. Yet extraordinary budget spending for Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community has fueled fears that…
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