Knesset Committee for the Status of Women chairwoman Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) boarded a "mehadrin
" segregated bus line in order to protest the exclusion of women in the public sphere Thursday morning. The female MK sat in the front of the bus, on which women are asked to sit in the back.
Hotovely described the action as part of a larger struggle over the basic principals of the state. "We cannot let certain groups to live in a de facto autonomous state inside the State of Israel," she said.The decision to ride on the segregated buses, she added, "is an inseparable part of elected officials' obligation to be acquainted with reality, so that they can act to change it."