Israeli education minister apologises for remarks on gays

Jerusalem, July 17

Israel’s instruction clergyman has apologized for disputable comments about gay “conversion therapy” and intermarriage among Diaspora Jews that attracted across the board analysis Israel and the US.

Rafi Peretz, pioneer of a little religious patriot party, wrote in a letter to the leader of the Jewish Office on Tuesday that his comparing of marriage between Diaspora Jews and non-Jews to a “second Holocaust” was “misplaced”.   

Peretz’s remark at a Bureau meeting was spilled to the press last week.

In another letter to class managers, Peretz said he “vehemently opposed” a disputable procedure that tries to change over gay men into heteros after initially saying he upheld it.

The minister’s remarks about transformation treatment drew across the board judgment and hundreds challenged in Tel Aviv.

Peretz, a previous boss rabbi in Israel’s military, expected office in Israel’s break government a month ago. —AP