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The Two Most Frightening but Overlooked Events in Israel This Week

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Amir Tibon
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The first event was an interview given by lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism party and a key ally of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking on a popular Israeli television show, Smotrich said that homosexuality was "not healthy" for Israeli society and compared the LGBT fight for equal rights to himself wanting to "drive through a red light and get recognition for it."

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