The country has announces $5-million-donation to different pro-LGBT organizations and institutions which are aimed to increase the quality of life of Israelis who identify as LGBT. This announcement was made when the Israeli government was accused of speculating on LGBT issues creating special program to attract LGBT tourists to Israel. The government wants to show that they care not only about foreigners, but also about local LGBT.
Although Israel is considered one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East, tolerance for LGBT people has shrunk to a small area surrounding Tel Aviv. Last year, a 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death by an ultra Orthodox man in Jerusalem’s Pride parade. In July, a Pride event in the city of Beersheba has been cancelled after security concerns were raised. Police said there was a threat of life-threatening violence at the event, and that participants might be forced to use violent measures to protect themselves.