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Wednesday, September 08, 2021 

An example of Naftali Bennett's hypocrisy on LGBT issues

In the past, rabbi Rafi Peretz was unfairly attacked because he supports gay conversion therapy, which only means he wants to help them to be able to relate to the opposite sex, romantically and sexually, and look whom one of those, supposedly on the right, happened to be:
First, the wide range of voices from all walks of Israeli political life that denounced Rafi Peretz’s statements show that the tolerance and acceptance of the LGBTQ community in Israel is coming closer to a consensus among both politically left and right expressions. While it was expected that the rookie minister would be bombarded by the left with fierce opposition claiming that his ideas are outdated and hateful, much more of a surprise was the response of religious right-winged Jewish politicians such as the now former head of the ‘New Right’ party, Naftali Bennet. Following Peretz’s interview, Bennet stated that he disagrees with “the obsessive war” against the LGBTQ community. He further expressed that the minister’s words “don’t represent the majority of the Zionist religious community.” Therefore, the subsequent days-long attacks on Rafi Peretz following his television interview can’t be simply blamed on conspiracies of the ‘leftist media’ nor can he be labeled as yet another victim of liberals trying to silence those that disagree with them while imposing their values on all of society.
What makes this hypocritical today, of course, is that since this year's election, Bennett formed a coalition with an anti-gay politician of Muslim background, Mansour Abbas:
Activists have also expressed concern about a possible rising influence of the conservative Islamic Ra’am party led by Mansour Abbas.

The party controls four seats and Abbas could be a kingmaker in ongoing coalition talks.

In July last year, his party condemned a bill to ban some forms of the controversial practice of “conversion therapy,” which aims to change LGBT people’s sexual orientation and is widely considered a human rights violation.
Needless to say, at this point, it's disgusting how Peretz was attacked over his disagreements, while Abbas is entirely allowed to retain his, proving most LGBT activists are only taking their paths to undermine traditional values.

In another related news item of the past, Peretz was also attacked by the left for voicing his disagreements a second time, although here, there was a certain weakness:
Peretz, head of the Jewish Home party and a former IDF chief rabbi, has caused several outcries over homophobic comments and again raised the ire of LGBT activists and lawmakers by suggesting gay marriage was not natural.

“In the religious public that lives according to the Torah, a normal family is a man and a woman,” he said in an interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth daily. “[We] don’t need to ashamed that we live in this natural way.”

Peretz was also asked how he would respond if one of his children was gay.

“Thank God my kids grew up naturally and healthy. They’re building their families from Jewish values,” he said.

The comments were met with heavy criticism, including from a number of gay Knesset members.

“Look, Rabbi Rafi [Peretz], this is what a ‘natural and healthy’ family looks like,” Labor MK Itzik Shmuli wrote in tweet that included a photo of him with his partner and their son.

Meretz party leader Nitzan Horowitz called Peretz a “contemptible person” who he said was pandering to the far-right ahead of general elections in March.
Now it's also repellent how people who wound up supporting an alliance with Abbas would attack the rabbi and go miles out of their way to put words in his mouth, slandering Peretz as a monster while Abbas gets a free pass. But Peretz made the mistake of not actually responding to the question of what his reaction would be if one of his children were homosexual. What he should've done was say whether he'd encourage them to get mental therapy to help them relate more easily to the opposite sex. Something tells me his non-reply had little to do with the previous backlash, and that can undermine his positions as a result. That said, as I've discovered in the past, there have been people in Israel who've overcome homosexuality, and movements who've provided therapy to help them relate to the opposite sex as well, though as I've noted before, only by avoiding gender-based censorship in imagery will it be possible to manage the therapy properly. And the stories of these people should be heard. It goes without saying the LGBT advocates who're obscuring their experiences owe an apology for acting as though they don't exist.

Since we're on the issue, it's worth noting that, as bad as China can be, they have been cracking down on the poor influence of homosexuality and other such problems, which includes putting stops to men acting like women in showbiz, and no LGBT activists in the west seem to care, not even in Israel:
China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.

President Xi Jinping has called for a “national rejuvenation,” with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under increasing pressure to align with its vision for a more powerful China and healthier society.

The party has reduced children’s access to online games and is trying to discourage what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities.

Broadcasters must “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,” the TV regulator said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — “niang pao,” or literally, “girlie guns.”
This, of course, beggars the query: why is China allowed to take steps to cut down on bad influences, but westerners don't have the guts, or the left has no issue with their conduct? All it does is confirm that the left only advocates LGBT ideology to undermine conservatives.

For now, it goes without saying that those on the right who attacked Peretz owe him an apology for not setting a better example, and defending somebody's right to dissent with LGBT ideology instead of acting hysterically. And lest we forget, Bennett should be absolutely ashamed of himself for his hypocritical alliance with Abbas.

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