LGBTQ Leaders: Netanyahu Told Us the Education Ministry Will Not Go to Far-right

For the second time, the prime minister contradicted his pledge to give the education portfolio to Habayit Hayehudi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference, Jerusalem, April 1, 2019.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the Education Ministry would remain in the hands of a Likud minister after the election and not be given to a far-right party. This is according to heads of LGBT community organizations who met with him in the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

It marked the second time Netanyahu has stated he would not give the education portfolio to another party, contradicting his earlier agreement with Habayit Hayehudi, in which he committed to giving that party the education and housing ministries in return for their uniting with Otzma Yehudit.

The last time Netanyahu met with the heads of the LGBT community came in 2009, after the mass shooting attack at the Barnoar gay youth center in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu refused to commit to advancing equal rights for the LGBT community as a condition for joining a new government coalition, and expressed a fear that the religious and Haredi parties would object, said representatives of the LGBT organizations in a statement. But Netanyahu said he and Likud were committed to promote issues important to the community, said the representatives.