Or of what else could the Charedim possibly afraid?
The Syrian state press has described her as a “Mossad beauty.” A Palestinian cartoonist compared her to the Mona Lisa. One Canadian report called her “naturally blonde with eyes as blue as the Mediterranean.”
Yet Tzipi Livni, asked by Israel’s president on Monday to form a government following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s resignation, remains largely faceless when it comes to her country’s powerful ultra-Orthodox Jews, or haredim.
Citing concerns for feminine modesty, the ultra-Orthodox refuse to publish images of women in their newspapers — a core source of information as the reclusive community generally shuns the television, Internet and most radio stations.
That poses a unique challenge for Livni, the 50-year-old foreign minister, as she tries to piece together a governing coalition and campaigns for support among ultra-Orthodox who make up an estimated 8-15 percent of Israel’s population.
“There’s no doubt that we have our work cut out for us when it comes to the haredim,” Avraham Kroizer, one of Livni’s strategic consultants, told Reuters. [Full article]
To add my two Eurocents: anybody who has got improper thoughts at the view of a fully and decently dressed woman has got improper thoughts anyway and only needs someone else to blame. Lustmolch anybody?