PM, Peres speak out against women's exclusion

Netanyahu welcomes rabbis condemning haredi violence ahead of Beit Shemesh rally.

December 27, 2011 19:09
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu [file]

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool )

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he was glad that key rabbis had condemned haredi (ultra-Orthodox) violence and discrimination against women.

Speaking on the eve of a mass demonstration for women's rights in Beit Shemesh, he told
an annual Bible quiz for adults that he instructed police to arrest the perpetrators of such attacks.

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"Discrimination against women goes against the tradition of the Bible and the principles of Judaism," he said.

Earlier Tuesday, President Shimon Peres denounced violence against women, encouraging Israel's to unite over women's rights and join a demonstration for the issue in Beit Shemesh.

"No-one has the right to threaten a little girl," he said referring to an attack on an "immodestly" dressed girl by an ultra-Orthodox man earlier in the week.

He appealed to the nation to save the country from the actions of a few that impact so severely on the many.

Peres said that religious, secular and traditional citizens must band together to save the soul of the nation and the substance of the state.

Referring to religious extremists who would impose their will on others, Peres said: "We are not the masters of this country, we are the citizens of this country," meaning that everyone, without exception, must abide by the rule of law.

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