Israel education minister says his children will not be gay because of the way he brings them up

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Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 24, 2019. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Minister Rafi Peretz – who is also head of the Jewish Home party and a former chief rabbi in Israel’s Defense Forces – was asked by the reports how would he react if any of his children comes out as gay. He responded that it would never happen because his children grew up in healthy and natural environment and they build their families in correspondence with the Jewish values. Elsewhere in the same interview, Peretz hit out at same-sex marriage, suggesting that it was abnormal and unnatural. This is not the first time Peretz has come under fire for his anti-LGBT+ remarks. Last year, he created a storm of controversy when he suggested that homosexuality could be changed and cured. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12, the former teacher claimed: “I have a very deep understanding of this kind of education and I have done this [to students],” explaining: “The objective is first of all for him to know himself well… and then he will decide.”

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