Homosexuality and the gay community in general wouldn’t garner nearly so much attention or enjoy such a strong level of legitimization in the Jewish state without the grip that homosexuals and their supporters have on the local media.
That according to Bezalel Smotrich, an outspoken Member of Knesset from the right-wing Jewish Home party.
In an interview with Israel Radio last week, Smotrich asserted that “there are a whole lot of prominent figures in the Israeli media, those who have the microphone, and they determine for all of us what to think and what to say.”
Earlier, he had referred to the recent gay pride parade in Jerusalem as the “abomination parade.”
Smotrich explained that for a very long time he had wrestled with why homosexuality had become such a prominent issue in Israel when, “after all, I’m convinced that 95 percent of Israeli citizens would very much want their children to start wonderful families and give them grandchildren.”
The vast majority, nearly all, of Israelis want their child to be “a healthy person, a normal person,” insisted the lawmaker.
Smotrich said the answer to his conundrum lies in the fact that the gay community can today list among its members and supporters “many dozens of the most dominant figures” in society.
“These people possess an immense power in the ability to shape our perceptions,” he noted. “So, naturally, they won’t listen to an opinion like mine and they cut me off after a quarter of a sentence, and I come out looking bad because I can’t explain myself.”