More in the disgraceful double-standards department. Oh and Israel lobby in the Washington Post department, too. A column in the Post by Ruth Marcus lamenting sexist practices in Israel warns that they pose a "national security issue" because American Jews won't like it. This piece feels like it was written in 1970. The selfishness! Not a word about Palestinians or occupation. Excerpts:
Israel is and should be a Jewish state. Religious entanglements that would be unthinkable and unconstitutional in the United States — establishing the Sabbath as an official day of rest, requiring that kosher dietary laws be observed in state-owned establishments, maintaining a separate system of state-funded religious schools — have been in place since Israel’s creation...
As Israeli officials well understand, the treatment of women in Israeli society is not a matter of purely domestic concern — it is also a national security issue. American taxpayers, and American Jews in particular, will not tolerate Jerusalem as Riyadh-lite. A truly Jewish state must accommodate the full rainbow of its citizens, not simply take dictation from a black-hatted minority.