Naftali Bennett at cabinet meeting 370.
(photo credit: Alex Kolomoisky/Pool/Yediot Aharonot)
More women should be involved in politics, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said
at a Bayit Yehudi Women’s Forum conference Wednesday night.
expressed hope that “in the next primary many women will be elected and at least
half of our MKs will be female. It should be natural.
“We’re one of the
parties with the highest percentage of women and we’re proud of it.
woman [MK Ayelet Shaked] leads our faction,” he pointed out.
Bayit Yehudi’s legislators attended the conference, including MK Shuli
Moalem-Refaeli, leader of the Women’s Forum, and the party’s other two female
lawmakers, faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and MK Orit Struck.
party or movement that does not put women at the top and use their power is made
up of suckers,” Bennett said. “It’s not just a matter of values. In the economy
and in business, I think it’s important that women take management roles. I want
to convince business owners that it’s a good idea.”
Still, Bennett did
not avoid stereotyping women, saying they “have less of an ego and work more
cooperatively. They’re able to do more things at
Moalem-Refaeli said women played a significant role in leading
Bayit Yehudi to its successes in the last election and that thousands joined the
party in its membership drive last year.
“This forum will bring changes
to advance the status of Israeli women in general and specifically in religious
Zionism. Religious women are leaders in all areas of Israeli society: business,
law, education, Torah study and even politics,” she said.