Some Israelis like to brag about the fact that Israel is the only real democracy in the middle east.
I myself wish that Israel were truly a democratic country.
I say this because a country that accepts into its legislature any political party, that as a matter of principle excludes women (and other minorities), cannot be truly democratic.
In Israel these days, the exclusion of women is a hot topic. I’m not sure what the recent catalyst was that outraged the Israeli public. I know it was something that happened in Beit Shemesh. Something that may also have to do with an ultra-orthodox Jewish male spitting on an eight-year-old for not dressing modestly enough, in his opinion.