Ministers reject Clinton's concerns over Israeli democracy

Several government ministers on Sunday rejected comments made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which she expressed concern for Israel's democracy.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Clinton's claims "completely exaggerated." He claimed that Israel is a healthy democracy. "I don't know many better democracies in the world.
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan suggested that "elected officials all over the world should first worry about their problems at home." He added, however, that he shared some of Clinton's concerns about the exclusion of women.
""I of all people, who grew up in a religious home, think that these steps cause hatred of the Jewish religion and I hope that the government will take steps that demonstrates its obligation to maintain equality between men and women in Israel."
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and I believe that everything we do here will be done according to the law and I am not worried about it."