Any other developed country would be ashamed.
But we in Israel – we don’t allow other countries to set the standards for us.
We do what we want.
And anyway, nobody seems to have noticed.
It is another promise that Benny Gantz has broken and another standard that Benjamin Netanyahu is happy to ignore.
We are about to appoint a new government with a record number of ministers. The appointments are after a prolonged process of negotiation. It is about power and bargaining skills, classic deal-making. In many ways, it is a game. May the best man win!
I do mean man. Because there are almost no women.
This government does not represent the voters. It is not about the best person for the job. It is a men’s club and we cannot tell ourselves otherwise.
When Benny Gantz was challenged about the male-only leadership of Kachol-Lavan before the previous elections, he explained it away as the result of the alliance of parties making up the coalition. He assured women that they would be well represented in government.
On International Women’s Day on March 8th, Netanyahu said that women are breaking the glass ceilings. He forgot to add that he intended to reverse any gains we may have made.
Any other developed country – and many developing countries – would be ashamed to present such an imbalanced government to the world.
I am ashamed. But nobody else seems to have noticed. And that makes me more ashamed.