There are Hasidim to whom the State of Israel is a secularist anathema, such as the Neturei Karta. But they aren’t the ones getting the new adherents. They’re into either Chabad, Breslov, Religious Zionism and Shlomo Karlbach music, or a hybrid of them all known as Habakuk (Chabad, Breslov, Rabbi Kook and Karlebach). They’re big in Judah and Shomron, and wear large knitted yarmulkas, oversized sidelocks, and hippy clothes, usually with a middle-eastern theme, sandles, loose white linen, robes. And they’re popping out babies at a very rapid rate. All that’s needed is a rabbinical decree permitting polygamy, and this trend can accelerate.
I gotta get back to Israel for a vacation. I’d really like to see some of these things.
One thing I’ve not seen much mention of is the minority Christian population in the country. Are they treated with the same disdain by the Arabs as the Jewish population, or do they occupy a different strata?