Israel’s leader of the Union of Right Wing Parties compared LGBTQ people to dogs.
Rabbi Rafi Peretz was being interviewed on a Channel 12 news podcast when the issue of LGBTQ rights began and he said while he doesn’t mind people expressing their sexuality in private, he was opposed to public acts, including Prides.
He said: “The LGBTQ people want to live the way they want to, and I’m not going to tell them otherwise.
“But on the national level, attempting to change the character of the Jewish homeland for a person who identifies as a religious Zionist like me, that’s inappropriate.
“I don’t like dogs in my house. So what, does that mean I now need to have a march for them?
“The public arena needs to be monitored, but when it’s in a private space it’s fine.”
However, before the podcast was aired, he issued an apology stating that he has chosen his ‘words poorly in a way that will likely hurt many people’.
He said: “I apologise from the bottom of my heart… I respect every person as an individual and do not wish to interfere with their private life.”