JERUSALEM – The president of Israel recently expressed support for homosexual ‘marriage’ as a controversial tax break for homosexual parents stalls in Israeli’s legislature.
Shimon Peres has held numerous positions in the Israeli government, including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. Since 2007, Peres, who is now 90 years old, has served as Israel’s president, which is largely a ceremonial role.
Earlier this month, Peres made a state visit to Mexico, during which he was interviewed by Ynet News—an Israeli news website. When asked about the topic of homosexual “marriage,” Peres said that he is supportive of those who identify as homosexual.
“Even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights,” Peres stated. “We have no power to take away [their] rights.”
Peres also told Ynet News that Israelis should let homosexuals “live as is natural to them.”
“We cannot take away someone’s rights because they are different,” Peres continued. “We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them.”
Following Peres’ remarks, supporters of homosexual “marriage” praised his position.
“I agree 100% with him,” one commented. “God made [homosexuals] the way they are. They are human beings and as such, [and] should have all the same rights as everyone else.”
Others were disappointed by Peres’ statements. One individual suggested that Peres is “denying nature,” while another argued that Peres “wants to destroy the Torah way of life.”
“President Perez needs to read the Torah, the part about Sodom,” one stated.
Peres’ comments come at a time when the Israeli legislature is considering a law that would extend tax breaks for homosexual partners who have children. Currently, Israel recognizes same-sex “marriages” from other countries, but does not recognize domestic homosexual unions, since marriage is recognized as a strictly religious act in Israel.
The Bayit Yehudi, a conservative political party in Israel, vows to quash the controversial legislation with veto power, claiming the bill would upset the status quo between religion and state. Traditionally, The Bayit Yehudi party has stood for religious values in Israel, arguing that Israel should be restored to her “Jewish-Zionist essence.”
“The State of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state,” the party’s website explains. “Its nature must be determined through discussion and deliberation by the entire body of the public on the basis of the Torah and the ethics of the prophets. Religious coercive legislation should be avoided, as should coercive secular laws. The status of Hebrew Law must be elevated.”
According to The Jerusalem Post, supporters of the tax break legislation may still try to pass the bill without support from Bayit Yehudi. However, an official vote has not yet been counted in the Israeli legislature.