Netanyahu Brokers Deal With Anti-LGBTQ Extremists

The Times of Israel reports:

MK Avi Moaz said Wednesday that his anti-LGBT Noam party would renew its union with the far-right Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit, giving up a solo run. The development came after Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu put personal pressure on Noam’s spiritual leader to do so. Zehava Galon, head of the left-wing Meretz party, criticized Netanyahu and suggested that the former prime minister would do anything to return to power, with an eye toward his ongoing corruption trial.

Noam burst onto the political scene in 2019 with a series of provocative highway billboards and video ads saying slogan “Israel chooses to be normal.” The party claims that the LGBT community has “forced its agenda” on the rest of Israeli society. A 2019 campaign video compared Reform Jews, left-wing activists, and gay rights advocates to Nazis and Palestinian suicide bombers, saying all of them “want to destroy us.”

Ynet News reports:

Politicians across the political divide condemned Netanyahu’s move. Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party said the Likud leader once again favored his personal survival.

“What did he promise Avi Maoz?” the party asked in a statement. “We are willing to bet he offered Noam gay therapy in schools or a ban on abortions. This is a danger to Israel,” the party said.

The right-wing Jewish Home party said the alliance with people who humiliate women and call the LGBTQ community perverts, is sacrilegious. “Religious people do not hate other people or groups that are different, a member of Jewish Home said. “I am ashamed,” he said.