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A gay party in the Knesset is unworkable and needless

Ochana (to our right), presently the only openly gay MK (Likud), here with his partner and their two kids
Ochana (to our right), presently the only openly gay MK (Likud), here with his partner and their two kids

This new idea of an Israeli gay political party, if it works, it won’t.

If enough people would vote for such a party, there are two possibilities:

  1. They will be part of the government coalition. In that case, they need to be loyal to the government. Same problem as now with gay MKs in various parties. Nothing won.
  2. They will be in the opposition and will as such get nothing done but protest. Nothing new there.

On top of that, on all kinds of issues , they will need to vote Right (losing the Left), Right (losing the Right) and Center (losing everyone else). If it will be just a Left-wing party, join the Left. Don’t politicize the issue. Human rights are not owned by the Left, Center or Right.

The statement that only GLBTQ can represent their causes is untrue too. There is nothing more powerful than a well-informed Ally speaking out.

In other words, I think that there is no alternative for the hard and frustrating work to make further inroads into the mainstream parties, win allies and keep them.

Besides, form ally-ships with other groups thrown under the bus: “settlers” from Gush Katif, Druze, Bedouin, Ethiopians, women, Zionist Muslims, etc.

Last but not least, a separate Gay Party is completely unnecessary. GLBTQ rights are so popular in Israel, any major party that’s not standing for them will lose a lot of voters. The only -only!- thing that blocks gay marriage, gay adoption, gay surrogacy, a ban on conversion therapy and on badmouthing any societal group and stiff penalties on bullying is the blockage by the marginal ultra-Orthodox and Muslim parties. That means that “gay” rights (these things will protect so many more people than just gays) will be won as soon as enough Centrist parties will join a government to break the ultra-Orthodox stranglehold.

Therefore, don’t give too much honor to the gay-haters. The few people who allegedly bother them, end that. Nothing can stop the future and especially not ignorant people. Leave them. If you must do something, file police complaints about them spreading bigotry.

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In related “news,” in an advantage of the silly season, a Dutch publication now found a report from December of Australian research that showed that relationships of same-sex couples are at least as good as of other-sex pairs so that the former can be recommended for raising children. (Because it is already scientific knowledge for decades that gays and lesbians have more empathy, this finding confirms the obvious, but fortunately or unfortunately, that’s what science often is about.)

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And just started in Paris: the 2018 Gay Games 10, largest sporting event ever. “The Gay Games is open to all, young or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight …  and no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief(s), athletic/artistic ability, physical challenge, age, or health status.”

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Don’t worry. Be gay.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. 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