In Israel, gay attorney Amir Ohana said it is important to contrast the voting record of Bayit Yehudi (accused of homophobia last week) ministers with the opposing Likud party members on gay rights legislation in the ministerial committee on legislation. According to Ohana, the Likud ministers always vote for gay rights.
He also stated that the Likud, the major right-wing political party in Israel, to which he belongs, hopes to have a gay MK (member of the Knesset) in the next Knesset (Assembly). Ohana describes himself as the first closeted gay person elected in an open primary.
When interviewed by the Voice of Israel, he said the only intolerance in politics he had come across was against his LGBT group from the opposing party’s LGBT group, the Israeli Left, stating that the LGBT group in Meretz attacks the Likud’s gay group “nonstop”.
Ohana said that he sees no contradiction being a ‘Likud hawk’ and gay:
“One can be gay and have other views on other subjects” he stated.
He also said that the head of the ultra orthodox group (the haredi) within the Likud party, Ya’acov Veeder, opposes ‘state discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation’.