Of course they must be provocative. That is the only way they can bring about change. Do you think blacks in the southern US would have desegregated lunch counters or schools by playing nice and taking individual action? Contrary to what you are saying the haredim are moving into more fundamentalism regarding woemn, as their reaction to the jots and tittles of change they see in more open Orthodox circles in Israel. Ovadia Yosef ruled that it is permissible for religious women in the army to wear trousers since the skirts were more immodest, yet his son, has sanctioned the "King's Torah" which condones the killing of gnetile babies.
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from the article: 'U.S. Jews concerned over state of pluralism in Israel'