Over the weekend, Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Labor-Gesher-Meretz party held a pre-election conference in Tel Aviv for those in the LGBTQ community who support the party. During the conference, a number of Knesset members spoke on behalf of the party and addressed the challenges of the community.
Labor Chairman MK Amir Peretz said:
“Just as societal obligations are equal, we will fight for the rights, all rights, to be equal. Everyone has the right to love, to marry in his country, to bring children into the world, and to be equal. To me, you are all equal – not different, equal – and we are the only party to make sure you are equal in everything. This is our Labor plan”.
Meretz Chairman MK Nitzan Horowitz:
“In the new government with Labor-Gesher-Meretz, ministers will not slander my community, rabbis will not receive rewards for spreading homophobia and hatred. In ten days, we can bring a new government. This is within reach. Rafi Peretz will leave and leave the education ministry and we will take his place. In the new government, with Labor-Gesher-Meretz, the whole atmosphere and discourse will change. No minister will slander us, my community, and no one will call us unhealthy or not normal. Dark rabbis will not receive a reward for spreading hatred and homophobia”.
MK Revital Swid (Labor):
“Israel is deteriorating, and we will stop it. We are the only ones who will do so. You cannot be in favor of equality and fight against the court. The Supreme Court is a proud friend of the LGBTQ community, and thanks to its rulings, the reality is changing for the better, and the basic human rights to which every person is entitled are preserved. Only Labor-Gesher-Meretz, parties that now run together, and have a history of community support and fighting together alongside the community, will ensure that equality will change from just being an empty slogan to becoming a reality”.