Israel is a modern country based on modern values. But it is also a place where many believe that synagogue should inform state, where women-barring religious parties make up almost 11% of the Knesset, and where gender segregation is becoming increasingly pervasive.
We’re not going to blame religion. Yes, Jewish Law is patriarchal. But precisely because it is patriarchal the wise rabbis always looked for ways to protect women. In fact, Judaism until modern times, has always been one step ahead of secular society in fostering women’s rights.