women have always been more concerned with the peace process than burning their bras - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 14.12.11 | 12:34 (IST)

    The real reason why feminism has never taken off in Israel in a big way is because there has never been a big fight for it. The only thing women seem to care about in this country is the peace process. Society is based on priorities and things like war, peace an money always come higher then more trivial issues like women's rights etc All the issues mentioned in article are non starters. Short school hours & lack of childcare this is a problem all over the western world but we can't afford to give state funded childcare so we can have more career women. The radical haredi are just a tiny minority but as with all things the media has no interest in ordinary people getting on with their boring day but they love a radical especially if those radicals are religious. Wealth gap between men and women is unequal everywhere so you can't single out Israel on that, right or wrong every body has that problem. One thing not mentioned in the article is that Israel like the rest of the Middle East is pretty male orientated in general and partly because its regional culture ( not arab ) and partly because of the army where men and women at a young age are thrown into a very male high testostrone level institution so their early years of adulthood when they start thinking about political issues they are in an institution like the army. In most western countries people leave school think about careers rather than what unit would they like to serve in and its not something we can change because of Israel's small population. It wouldn't matter if we were at peace with every country in the world we would still need an army that can fight a war if it comes and to do that you need manpower and unlike the US & Europe we don't have enough of it to move to a volunteer only army. Right now there are about 7 million people in this country and only about 15,000 have chosen a career in the military and thats not enough so we can't get rid of conscription even if we wanted to. The Katsav case was so different because its never happened before, it was like Israel's Clinton / Lawinsky scandal, Katsav was a serving president when all these alogaations were made and because he was so high profile people took notice but ordinary people also get charged with similar crimes all the time and they get punished, Katsav is not the only man in Israel or abroad to be found guilty of harasmant and sent to jail for it Katsav was just high profile.

    from the article: Exclusion of women only one sign of a changing Israel
    First published 02:44 14.12.11 | Last updated 02:44 14.12.11
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