First of all, it is perfectly safe for everyone - including youngsters - to walk around in Israel's big cities, certainly in comparison to Europe and the US. Kids, in fact, walk around freely in Tel Aviv, Herzeliyah, Kfar Sabah even very late during summer vacation without being attacked by random adults (the risk of pedophils attacking kids is certainly not higher in TA than in Bnei Beraq). So what is the author talking about? He should visit once in a while "Israel's big cities". Secondly, it is perfectly politically correct to talk about polygamy, female genital mutilation, etc. where they occur, and these issues are addressed by the press, we don't need the author to "enlighten us", again what is he talking about? If Harel doesn't understand that the attempts to aggressively enforce orthodox "modesty laws" and halachic seggregation over State Law on a scale unknown hiherto pose a clear and present danger to Israel's self-definition as Jewish and democratic, and that polygamy among some Bedouins is a problematic phenomenon on a different level, then he has not understood anything. People are asking: Is this the state we had in mind whem we said Jewish and democratic? And Harel answers that the some Bedounis violate the law too! This is pathetic. In terms of Realpolitics: It is the settlers and the orthodox - with elements challenging Israeli sovereignty - who wield undue power through their participation in government, not the Bedouins. Bedouins neither hold ministerial posts, nor are they chairing the Knesseth's finance committee.
from the article: Israel doesn't really want to end gender segregation