ISRAEL: Attorney General Pledges To Equalize Citizenship Rules For Foreign Spouses Of Gay Israelis

The Times Of Israel reports:

The path to citizenship for gay foreigners who marry Israelis abroad will be brought into line with that for straight spouses from overseas, the Attorney General told the Supreme Court Wednesday, according to Hebrew language media reports.

Straight partners currently undergo a four-year process to gain citizenship, while same-sex partners have a seven-year path to naturalization. Gay people also have to renounce their former citizenship, while heterosexual applicants do not.

Avichai Mandelblit plans to make it a four-year process for all. “This is a great victory, which ends infuriating discrimination against same-sex couples,” a statement from Proud Fathers, which petitioned the Supreme Court, said.

In October, the government announced it would provide NIS 10 million ($2.5 million) annually over the next two years to various government ministries for initiatives to benefit LGBT Israelis, the Haaretz newspaper reported.

  • SunsetGay

    Uh oh! It’s a post about Israel!

    Cue in 3… 2… 1….

    BUNKERSTADT! BUNKERSTADT! BU…. I hear if you say it three times “He Who Must Not Be Named” shows up. So I won’t say it.

    • The_Wretched

      thou shalt not goad the malign

      • Bill_Perdue

        For the wretched the murder of Palestinians is OK, but mentioning it or condemning it is ‘malign’. Goebbels would be ever so proud of the wretched.

    • Bill_Perdue

      Zionism is a form of racism that Trump and the Clintons share.

    • Todd20036

      There’s a blocking feature, so Mr. Pinkwash won’t be messing up my screen with his cut and paste bullshit.

    • Bill_Perdue
    • AJD

      Looks like you only needed to say it 2 1/5 times before Anti-Semitic Candyman appeared in the bathroom mirror!

      • Bill_Perdue

        Says the racist who can’t reply politically without exposing his racist ugliness.

  • Gustav2

    Jeebus won’t like that!

    • David Walker

      I don’t think Jeebus’s feelings were considered.

  • HanyBaal

    Good, equality should be a goal in all societies. Here’s hoping for a day when Arab spouses of Israeli citizens gets treated the same.

  • Do Something Nice

    Good for Israel. Now if they’d only deal with the elephant in the room. . .

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      We have our own tangerine-tinged pachyderm to deal with.

    • james1200

      I really hate religion in general but I gotta tell you, as a gay man, I’ll side with Israel any day of the week. If the Palestinians get complete self rule, they’ll go the way of EVERY single Muslim country and make life hell for women and gays. Every single one except Turkey, which is also heading straight to hell via a dictator that’s handing more power over to the religious psychos. Indonesia is all but lost as well.

      • BobSF_94117

        The single most important issue which has driven radicalization and polarization in the Muslim world is the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians.

        • shivadog

          I doubt things would be any better for gays in the Muslim world even if Israel didn’t exist. What has happened to the Palestinians is unjust,but it doesn’t excuse every shitty thing that Muslims do.

          • BobSF_94117

            Gay life in the Middle East was a lot better 20 years ago and 15 years ago and 10 years ago and five years ago.

          • Piet

            So you’re saying the rise of ISIS is directly caused by the way the Palestinians have been treated?

    • Todd20036

      Suit yourself. But Israel is my escape pod if Trump and his goons go full blown Nazi on LBGT.

  • DrRobY

    A tad bit off topic, but I just have to say that the man in the pic above is one mighty nice daddy.

    • Bill Post

      He can mashugana my tuchus anytime

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    • greenmanTN

      I have a certain fondness for the Hebrews myself, but I also like uncircumcised peens. Dilemmas, dilemmas…

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    I was watching a video of an interview with four millennial Republicans, and the gay guy said he couldn’t in good conscience vote for Hillary because she takes money from foreign countries that murder gay people. Um, okay…

    • William

      Trump takes money from Saudis.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The zionist colony in Palestine is engaged in more pinkwashing to cover their slide towards fascism.

    Israel Hired PR Firm to Market Occupation to Black, Latino and LGBTQ Communities “The Israeli government recently hired a Philadelphia-based public relations firm to help promote its occupation-stained image among Latino, Black and LGBTQ communities in the United States — including by targeting organizations that provide crisis intervention services for at-risk queer and transgender youth.

    In a deal with the Philadelphia-based Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy agreed to “Promote Israel’s Operation Protective Edge” to “African-American Groups,” “Promote Israel’s tolerance of LGBT rights” and “strengthen Israeli-Hispanic connections.”

    The details of the arrangement can be seen in documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), available here and here. One particularly instructive form, signed in May 2015, outlines in surprising detail a multi-pronged and highly targeted campaign to influence grassroots organizations led by socially marginalized groups.”

    “Israel Has Been Infected by the Seeds of Fascism, Says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak – Barak tells TV interviewer that ‘there are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government.’ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf530cab5947ba1bf4842fcc78857250fa3d8bb26a8caee2377daf7ad1300374.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f826f5e56002b8bf7338a1e2b7034a70789c3832a47f45d9779d526203e13354.jpg
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720715

  • TMA

    Totally negates all their crimes against the Palestinian people. Nothing to see here, folks!

    • HanyBaal

      It doesn’t, but progress is progress.

    • Tim

      Quit hijacking the thread to make it all about your pet issue.

  • Ore Carmi

    A positive development! Good luck to anyone who actually wants to move to my beloved homeland and current pithole.

  • Gerry Fisher

    A daddy bear AG who’s rockin’ his beard, I might add. [ahem]

  • BobSF_94117

    Gay people also have to renounce their former citizenship, while heterosexual applicants do not.

    What’s up with that? Is that something targeting Israeli/Palestinian couples?

  • another_steve

    A dilemma this — for far-leftist Jew-haters and Israel-haters.

    Far-leftists: Reexamine your anti-Israel (occasionally bordering on anti-Semetic) rhetoric.

    • Ish

      Anti-zionism is not anti-semitism, you right wing racist piece of shit.

  • Ish

    So, gay foreigners can have rights native Palestinians cannot?

    • Tim

      Well, you fucking retarded Nazi, Arab citizens of Israel would obviously have the same rights.

      • Ish

        “Arab citizens of Israel” as you quaintly call them are a minority of Palestinians.

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    Hands, please! How many other countries in the region have taken similar steps? Oh and watch out for that elephant.