Israel's parliament speaker went on national radio on Thursday to try to quell anger over a ban on female staff wearing skirts deemed too short, a move that has caused a scandal in a legislature where informal dress has long been the fashion.
The furor began about 10 days ago when Knesset security guards began turning away women they accused of being dressed immodestly, even though the rules do not specify a skirt length.
On Wednesday, about 30 women protested at the Knesset's security entrance, posing for news cameras wearing above-the-knee skirts or dresses in defiance of the ban.
They were supported by a man wearing a skirt over his trousers and a member of parliament who stripped down to his undershirt. The lawmaker, Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, complained that soon women would "have to wear burkas".
Parliamentary Speaker Yuli Edelstein said on national radio the Knesset had not gone, in his words, "Iran-Taliban."