Likud MK Amir Ohana vote at a Likud polling station in Jerusalem on August 10, 2022 (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE ABOMINATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN ISRAEL INCREASE THEIR PROTEST AGAINST IT. Daniel Whyte III President of Gospel Light Society International says, Glory be to God! The Israelite descendants of Abraham whose nephew, “Lot’s righteous soul was vexed” from living in the homosexual: lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transvestite/queer/plus demons community experienced the vile wickedness and saw the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are finally coming to their senses again, and some are trying to stop this homosexual/queer train in Israel. And some of the ones who used to be for it are being accused of being very quiet about it. Listen, people don’t even have to be born-again saved to understand that this abominable foolishness will not work in any society where you want law, decency, and order. The Bible says “God is not the author of confusion.” And since God is not the author of confusion, then the devil must be. Whyte urges Benjamin Netanyahu to do what his friend Trump should have done in the U.S., and that is, turn the country around from this abominable, nonsensical foolishness. One of the reasons Trump did not do it is because his main mentor Roy Cohn, who happened to be a Jew, was a homosexual who died of AIDS, also because his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared had to do business with homosexuals in the fashion industry, and because the evangelical/Christian advisers who surrounded Trump refused to tell him what Whyte told them to firmly tell him, and that is, he needs to focus on getting this abominable, nonsensical foolishness of homosexuality and homosexual marriage in this country turned around due to what Obama and the Supreme Court had done, otherwise everything is going to fall apart. Guess what happened? Because he did not turn back this abominable foolishness — everything fell apart.


The liberal voices inside the Likud, those who consider themselves the rightful heirs of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin, have not done much to raise their voices in opposition.

The coalition negotiations that are mercifully set to end Thursday when a new government is finally sworn in have not been the Likud’s finest hour.

That it has also not been incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s finest hour is clear to most, even his most avid supporters. A veteran of political negotiations, he has folded to his coalition partners, ceding concessions and authority that clearly goes against his better judgment.

Netanyahu is out of options

Why did he fold? Because he had no other option.

True, the elections gave the right-wing block a 64-seat majority, but – except for Avi Maoz’s Noam faction – if any of the other factions in the coalition would not join the government, there would be no government. The reason: None of the country’s other Jewish parties would be willing to sit in a government led by Netanyahu.

In short, Netanyahu came into the negotiations with no leverage, while those he was negotiating with had leverage in abundance.

So Netanyahu agreed to a series of far-out demands. He agreed to chop up the Education Ministry into three different fiefdoms. He agreed to strengthen the authority of the National Security Minister, even while weakening the authority of the Defense Minister.

He agreed to increase budgets to haredi educational institutions, even though they don’t teach the core course curriculum that will give students marketable skills in the future. He agreed to a bill that would withdraw state recognition of non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel. He agreed to withdraw the Kotel compromise – a plan he initially agreed to a few years back but never implemented.

He supported repealing a ban on racist MKs standing for election to the Knesset. Also, he supported an amendment to the country’s anti-discrimination law that would let businesses and institutions deny services if providing those services goes against their religious beliefs.

Two hands on the steering wheel?

To the outside world, Netanyahu has said that this would be his government, that he has “two hands on the steering wheel,” and that the coalition partners will follow his policies, not the other way around. But the coalition agreement – at least the one that has been reported upon but not yet been fully published – has various provisions and promises that would indicate the exact opposite.

Much of this came to a head over the last few days when two Religious Zionist Party (RZP) MKs defended the amendment to the anti-discrimination laws. RZP’s Orit Struck said in a radio interview that doctors should be able to deny treating someone if the treatment goes against their religious beliefs and can be found elsewhere. At the same time, Simcha Rothman agreed that a hotel owner should be able to bar entry to his establishment to gays seeking a room.

These declarations were too much, and a few Likud MKs finally took issue with the wishes of their coalition partners.

New MK Tali Gotleib tweeted to her “friends in the LGBTQ+ community” that they can rest assured that her hand would not be raised in favor of any law that would harm their rights. “Laws that harm the LGBTQ+ community are not part of the coalition agreements,” she said.

Some other voices were raised as well, such as those of Danny Danon and David Bitan.

In an Army Radio interview, new MK Boaz Bismuth said that the “LGBTQ+ community would not be harmed a millimeter. We are a liberal party.”

But the raising of these voices has just made the silence of others inside the Likud even more thunderous over the last seven weeks of coalition negotiations.

Source: Jerusalem Post, Herb Keinon

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