At the recent J Street meeting (J Street is the new anti-AIPAC Jewish organization) I heard two speakers, one was a Knesset member, decrying the fact that 27% of Israeli children now go to schools, Yeshivas, without math, history, science or foreign languages. Now I find an LA Times report from 2008 stating that the government had caved in to demands that such schools get state subsidies as well.

I would note that such “schools” are in the same tradition as the Muslim madrassas so often criticized in the Western media. But about Israel most of our media is silent.