Shlomo Karai PhD., the newest member of the Likud party, who currently according to electoral polls will be a Knesset member in the next government, made a statement on Sunday that is sure to inflame some of Israel’s more liberal elements.
Karai said that “pride parades are things that are completely prohibited. They are against nature. These are things that attempt to give legitimacy to things that go against the very fabric of the natural nuclear family. Every person can do whatever they want, they have the right to do so. But to go ahead and do this in a way that tries to make it legitimate with a public statement such as this, I don’t think that this is appropriate.”
When asked by Israeli media what he felt a possible media backlash would be to his statements, Karai said: “It’s fine. I’m okay being in the spotlight for this stance.”
Karai, is a new member of the Likud upper echelon, having garnered number 27 on the party list in the recent primaries. He is a resident of Zameret, which lies in the Gaza periphery and is one of 17 children. He was elected to be the representative of the Negev for the party and thus received a spot that is completely plausible for him to be an MK in the next Knesset. He himself is married and has five children.
Members of the LGBT community in Israel have already denounced Karai as a laughing stock and an embarrassment based on these comments and questioned how the party that has an openly Toeiva member Amir Ohana, could have someone whose opinions are so much the opposite.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)