Haaretz, Oct. 8, 2016

 

Then comes Haaretz’s pre-Yom Kippur poll of Knesset members: Do you believe in God?

[...] Only nine out of 120 dared to say they didn’t believe in God. Most of them preferred to write twisting, apologetic scrolls to soften the blow, to sweeten the bitter medicine and somehow help it go down the public’s throat. Only two righteous individuals — Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) and Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), in her initial answer — simply said “no.”

It turns out that as far as the politicians are concerned, in Israel of 2016 there really isn’t a place for anyone secular, free or — God forbid — atheist. It’s also extremely advisable to be Jewish, because then God loves you and the state belongs only to you. Awful days indeed, have mercy on us.