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Jerusalem - Netanyahu Taps Likud Ally And First Gay Politician As Israel's Justice Minister

Published on: June 5, 2019 05:33 PM
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FILE - Portrait of Israeli parliament member Amir Ohana. July 25, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90FILE - Portrait of Israeli parliament member Amir Ohana. July 25, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a close Likud party ally as justice minister.

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Amir Ohana’s appointment on Wednesday came as Netanyahu heads an interim government following the dissolution of parliament last week. The prime minister also faces a hearing before the attorney general over corruption allegations and possible indictment.

Ohana is an ardent Netanyahu backer and has voiced support for a bill to grant a seated prime minister immunity from prosecution.

It remains unclear how, if at all, Ohana’s appointment could impact the cases against the prime minister.

Netanyahu has also reportedly asked the attorney general for a second deferral of his hearing because of the snap elections called for September.

With his appointment, Ohana also becomes Israel’s first openly gay Cabinet member.



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 Jun 06, 2019 at 05:48 AM YITZMGOLD Says:

To'eivah! How stupid politically to openly identify a political appointee with a
trait that will be offensive to a large segment of the voting population, especially in such a tight election. I am shocked, offended and disappointed with the Likud leadership. If they are trying to look more liberal, they are looking in the wrong trash heap - it makes everything they do stink.

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 11:22 AM The Professor Says:

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YITZMGOLD Says:

To'eivah! How stupid politically to openly identify a political appointee with a
trait that will be offensive to a large segment of the voting population, especially in such a tight election. I am shocked, offended and disappointed with the Likud leadership. If they are trying to look more liberal, they are looking in the wrong trash heap - it makes everything they do stink.

Why is this your business? You are evidently an off-shore dayeh zoger. If you lived in Israel, paid your taxes there, served in Tzahal, and were able to vote, then you might have the ability to determine whether this person's private life interfered with his public responsibilities. Since none of these factors apply, it would be best to keep your homophobia to yourself.

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 03:33 PM YITZMGOLD Says:

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The Professor Says:

Why is this your business? You are evidently an off-shore dayeh zoger. If you lived in Israel, paid your taxes there, served in Tzahal, and were able to vote, then you might have the ability to determine whether this person's private life interfered with his public responsibilities. Since none of these factors apply, it would be best to keep your homophobia to yourself.

I beg your pardon, I live in Beitar Illit (a little town south of Yerushalayim, IHK), and pay my Israeli taxes. This "homophobia" is not my own, but a severe TORAH prohibition! But in essense, I agree with you that personal matters should be kept private, but in this case, the politicos are trotting this identifier out PUBLICALLY for political purposes. When they make it public, the Torah community has to respond and protest publically. You want something private - keep it that way.

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