Religious nutters and settlers demanding segregation of women and men and attaking the IDF are newsworthy. Detals of tractor production figures etc are not newsworthy. Hence the damage to israel's image abroad when it is reported that religious whackjobs have spat at an 8 year old girl on the way to school and a section of Israeli society agree with it.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: Envoys worldwide feel brunt of Israel's worsening image