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Education Minister Rafi Peretz attempted to clarify his controversial statements about gay conversion therapy on Saturday night, saying he did not intend that gay children should be sent to conversion therapy.
"A few clarifications about the interview that was broadcast this evening," Peretz said. "1. I did not claim that a child should be sent for conversion therapy.
"2. During my years as an educator, I met with students who felt terrible distress about their sexual orientation, and chose to use professionals to change their orientation. What I said in the interview came from my personal experiences with similar cases.
"3. The education system in Israel under my leadership will continue to accept all children of Israel as they are, regardless of their sexual orientation. That's how I made it clear in the interview."
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