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Netanyahu boasts Israel only Mideast country that 'welcomes gays'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Jewish advocacy group on Sunday that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that accepts the LGBT community, two days after some 250,000 people flooded the streets of Tel Aviv to take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade.
“There’s only one state in the Middle East that welcomes gays … This is the one place in the Middle East where gays walk proudly on a Tel Aviv beach and participate here, in our Knesset deliberations, in our government,” Netanyahu told a gathering of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), with audience members greeting his words with a round of applause.
Gently breaking taboos, a settlement bloc moves gingerly toward LGBT acceptance
‘The Tel Aviv of the Gush’
For many, it was no coincidence that Sunday’s event took place place in the Gush Etzion bloc, and in Efrat in particular.It is also predominantly American olim who are acting as bridges between other Jews and Xian missionaries, too. Not to forget, that Netanyahu himself was raised in America and imbibed its immoral culture.
“I think the Gush is fairly open-minded compared to other religious communities, both in, and not in, the settlements,” said Andrew Braverman.
...The 19-year-old, who studies at Yeshivat Machanayim in Migdal Oz just south of Efrat, said he is given special permission by his rabbis to leave class early on Thursday evenings to go to LGBT gatherings at the Jerusalem Open House.
“There’s something about the Gush that people are so content with their lives and their religious identities that they allow themselves to be more open to differences,” said one Efrat mother, whose son recently came out the closet.
The seven LGBT teens who spoke with The Times of Israel each pointed out how the settlement bloc’s heavy American presence has created an environment that is relatively more accepting of those coming out of the closet.
Mashiach will fight against all of this because it is all contrary to the Torah. I hope we will all be on the right side of things when he starts cleaning house.