Almost half of Israelis ready for gay PM - poll

MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who is himself gay, says that the poll proves that the country is ready for him to be elected prime minister.

August 23, 2009 00:19
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Almost half of Israelis ready for gay PM - poll

Nitzan Horowitz 248 88 aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Less than a month after a murderous attack at a center for gay youth rejuvenated dialogue about tolerance in Israeli society, a recent poll published over the weekend indicated that nearly half of all Israelis are "ready for a gay prime minister." Hebrew-language daily Yediot Aharonot published an article Friday in which 25% of those asked said that they were certain that they were ready for a gay minister, and 19% said that they thought that they were ready. A similar number, however, to those who said that they were certain that they were ready, said that they were definitely not ready for such an eventuality. In the poll, 13% said maybe, but that they were not sure; 7% said that they didn't think so, and 11% did not answer the poll. MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who is himself gay, said that the poll proved that the country was ready for him to be elected prime minister. But in response to the poll, National Union Chairman Ya'akov Katz told Yediot that "I have a son who is a farmer. He has sheep. He says to me: Father, if the sheep were only male, the world would die. There would be no more sheep. The natural tendency of man is to allow the world to continue to exist. So a man who comes and says 'I hold an orientation that does not allow for the perpetuation of the world,' could such a man be prime minister? Could a man be prime minister who loves to sleep with sheep? With horses? Can a man whose orientation is for horses be prime minister? Can a man who likes girls aged five be prime minister?" "I can't understand how a man can kiss another man," Katz continued. "When I think about it, I want to vomit. When I think about a bearded man fondling another bearded man, it kills me like it kills me when I think of [a man sleeping with sheep and horses]." Horowitz's office said in response that Katz's statements spoke for themselves, and emphasized that they saw no reason to respond to such comments. Katz, however, shares another aspect in common with fellow opposition member Horowitz. Katz also believes that in the next elections, he can be elected to the country's top spot. In a conversation with The Jerusalem Post during the recent Knesset session, the National Union chairman explained that, despite only garnering four mandates in the previous election, he would magnify those seats into an election win after - in his words - the "country discovers that Netanyahu is not the real Right."

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