U.S. Jews say Israel is losing their support by capitulating to ultra-Orthodox demands "Appearing before the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, senior representatives of the American Jewish Committee – a mainstream Jewish advocacy organization that rarely criticizes Israel – spoke in unusually harsh terms about the dangers facing Israel. They cited the government’s capitulation to ultra-Orthodox dictates on matters of marriage, divorce, conversion and prayer at the Western Wall. “I understand that you have complicated politics over here and many opinions, but I think that to lose the American Diaspora – and I’m telling you as someone who views it from many organizations – you are losing the next generation and you are losing the passion of the current generation. And I think it would be a tragic loss if this split continues,” said AJC President John Shapiro. “At some point, we’re not going to be able to put the pieces back together again,” he added.[" I personally consider many of the ultra-orthodox sects nothing but hard core racists no different than Nazis, and many of the left wing 'reformed' of the 'Peace Left' in Israel dope-addled suicidal crazies. I really do not get why the government tolerates either of these wingnut gangs, especially given the existential threats facing the country. Are both these wings growing or is the Israeli media just having slow news days? Are Jews as an ethnic demographic becoming less secular these days?