Arresting a Woman for Praying (Cont'd)

Goldblog reader Jeffrey Bergman writes:

I read the same article in Ha'aretz yesterday, and had the same disbelieving, angry reaction that you apparently did.  So here's my question -- do you think that either the Israeli government, or Israelis in general (most of whom, I know, really don't get or care about American-style "progressive Judaism") understand how bad this looks to many American Jews?

No. I'm overgeneralizing here, but Israelis have never been very good at understanding how they appear to the outside world. I don't think they care very much, to tell you the truth. If they did, they wouldn't allow their police to arrest Jewish women for wearing prayer shawls.