Israel Minister Assures Electorate Unconcerned With LGBT+ Issues

Rabbi Smotrich proposes anti-LGBTQ+ measures according to a recording broadcast

An audio recording broadcasted by Kan public radio on Monday revealed a conversation from Rabbi Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism coalition, which proposed measures against the LGBTQ+ community. The conversation occurred a few months ago with a businessman, who supported Smotrich.

Rabbi Smotrich stated his anti-LGBTQ+ views, saying “A traditional Sephardic person, do you think they care about gays? They don’t give a damn. They tell me ‘I don’t have a problem with them’, but do you think they care that I’m against them?” He assured voters of his anti-LGBTQ+ views and said they don’t care as they are more interested in his opposition to the entry of Arab political parties into the government.

The initiative to change anti-discrimination laws has been promoted by Smotrich and is part of the new hard-line government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the most right-wing in Israel’s history. This recording comes to light in midst of the government initiative. The new law could allow doctors or private companies to refuse services to certain groups of the population if it goes against their religious beliefs.

Former Prime Minister Yair Lapid criticized Smotrich’s statement on Twitter. He stated that it shows “how weak Netanyahu is and how dangerous it is that he is held captive by extremists”. The organization The Aguda, which defends the rights of the LGBTQ community, said that “Smotrich’s obsessive concern for the gay community finally reveals the truth for his voters: he is not only homophobic, but also racist.”

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