Clinton expresses concern for Israeli democracy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday expressed concern over certain anti-democratic legislation and trends signifying the deterioration of the status of women in Israel.
Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, Clinton specifically mentioned bills limiting funding for NGOs, and the exclusion of women in the public sphere, as exemplified by gender separation on buses serving the haredi community and controversy over women singing in public.
The eighth annual Saban Forum, which began Friday and is continuing through Sunday, also featured speeches from US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and opposition leader Tzipi Livni. The theme of this year’s Saban Forum is “Strategic Challenges in the New Middle East.”