In a conversation with Ynet, Yishai compared the segregation between men and women on public transportation to separate soccer leagues. “Why aren’t women and men playing together in Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv (football clubs)? You can claim that they are also excluding women,” the minister said.
“No one has the right to force their lifestyle on the public sphere,” Yishai noted, adding that he was “shocked from cases in which women and children were humiliated, which is in contradiction with halachic law and Jewish morals.
“Most of the haredi public is opposed to these grave acts, and I will continue to encourage mayors to act firmly against this phenomenon,” Yishai maintained.
On Sunday, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat approached Yishai, asking him to appoint a committee to deal with women degradation in the city of Beit Shemesh, where most recent incidents have taken place.
Following the request, Yishai told Ynet he had no intention to appointed a committee and dismiss the mayor of Beit Shemesh, as requested by Livnat.
“I spoke with him, and he will act firmly against the phenomenon,” Yishai said, adding: “Jerusalem also has a problem, so what? We’ll fire (the mayor) as well?”
Responding to Livnat’s comments, by which she has nothing against segregation in haredi towns, the Interior Minister said: “You can’t tell someone where to swim in the sea, or force them to swim in a public pool. You can’t force people to pray together.
“Incitement against haredim is an awful thing – we are all being generalized and the media is mixing things around. Women who want to do things separately cannot be told what to do,” he said.