Gay Pride Flag Flies at Israel Foreign Ministry

Religious opposition lawmaker reacts angrily to “cheap provocation” that “damages the dignity of Jerusalem”

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: LGBT
Gay pride flag flies at Israel Foreign Ministry
Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

There are four flag poles outside the Israel Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. One is typically reserved for the national flag of visiting foreign dignitaries. June is “Gay Pride Month,” and Israel is keen to promote itself as a place of tolerance for the LGBT community. So on Monday, new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ordered that the fourth flag pole fly the gay pride flag.

Opposition lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir from the Religious Zionism party responded in anger. In an open letter to Lapid, he wrote:

“This has damaged the faith of tens of thousands of Jerusalem’s residents as well as the dignity of the city. It is an illegal act.

“I don’t have a problem with LGBT people; we are all brothers. But at the same time, waving the flag doesn’t serve them. Rather, it hurts them and turns them into pawns in Lapid’s hands. The central problem is the extroversion and provocation to which Israeli children are exposed.”