Education Minister Yuli Tamir announced Monday that she will plan talks with leaders in the hareidi religious community over establishing a core curriculum in yeshivot, rather than force the issue legally.
Tamir told participants at an education conference in Holon that in her opinion, any attempt to impose a core, secular curriculum on hareidi religious yeshivot would fail.
“Is there a single person in this hall who believes that if the core curriculum is imposed on the hareidi world, hareidi schools will close down and the children will come to state schools and center their happiness on Zionism?” she asked the attendees.
Tamir said she had equal doubts about enforcing a core curriculum in Arab-Israeli schools. “Is there anyone who thinks that if studying Judaism and Zionism studies is forced on Arabs they will join hands and dance in circles on Independence Day?” she added.