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Israel's New Iron Lady Should Sit in the Back of the Bus

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Ayelet Shaked is currently the only woman heading an Israeli party. Shaked fought for the position. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, moral beacon that he is, said that “women shouldn’t be in politics,” and Shaked was forced to explain that “a woman can do anything ... even lead the country.”

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Now the job of party leader is hers, and she’s already kowtowing to those who didn’t want her, undermining the women who fought so that a women could be where Shaked is today, and the women who will follow.

“Segregation is not exclusion,” she said, bringing to mind the South African explanation that apartheid meant “separate development.” Does she want women to sit in the back? That’s fine, but she should be the first.

“The arrogance of secular Jews regarding the ultra-Orthodox community and their attempt to impose on it a different lifestyle is inappropriate,” Shaked said, as if quoting from the talking points of the Kohelet Policy Forum, a right-wing think tank. First they cooperated in legislating the........

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