Mike Pompeo: It’s Possible Trump Was Sent by God to Save the Jewish People from Iran — WATCH

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Jerusalem that “it’s possible” Donald Trump was sent by God to save the Jewish people from Iran.

Asked CBN’s Jerusalem bureau chief Chris Mitchell: “Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?”

Replied Pompeo: “As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible. It was remarkable. So we were down in the tunnels where we could see 3,000 years ago, and 2,000 years ago — if I have the history just right — to see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains. … I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”

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Israeli right wing leader compares LGBTI people to dogs

Rafi Peretz refered to lgbti people as dogs

The leader of the Union of Right Wing Parties in Israel compared LGBTI people to dogs in an interview, before apologizing for the remarks.

Rabbi Rafi Peretz appeared on a Channel 12 news podcast when they began to discuss LGBTI people on Wednesday (7 March).

Petetz said while he didn’t mind people expressing their sexuality in private, he disagreed with public acts. Specifically, he appeared to refer to Prides.

He said: ‘The LGBT people want to live the way they want to, and I’m not going to tell them otherwise. But on the national level, attempting to change the character of the Jewish homeland, for a person who identifies as a religious Zionist like me, that’s inappropriate.

‘I don’t like dogs in my house. So what, does that mean I now need to have a march for them?

‘The public arena needs to be monitored, but when it’s in a private space it’s fine.’

However, before the podcast was broadcast, Peretz immediately issued an apology. He said he ‘chose [his] words poorly in a way that will likely hurt many people’.

He added: ‘I apologize from the bottom of my heart… I respect every person as an individual and do not wish to interfere with their private life.’

Peretz is the head of a group of three far-right wing parties within the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. The parties include his own Jewish Home, alongside National Union and extremist Otzma Yehudit.

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Author: Tom Capon

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The Jewish Agency to fund surrogate services for gay staff

Israel strikes and protests, in November 2018, over anti LGBTI surrogacy bill. Photo: @Ostrov_A Twitter

Israel-based The Jewish Agency is to offer all its staff, including LGBTI employees, funding to access overseas surrogate services.

The non-profit organisation is the first public institution in the country to offer such loans, the Times of Israel reported.

All of the agency’s employees will have access to the grants. However, the biggest beneficiaries will be gay men, who are prohibited from using surrogates in Israel.

Inclusive attitude: Jewish Agency Building- Photo: JewishAgency.org

Inclusive attitude: Jewish Agency Building- Photo: JewishAgency.org

The Jewish Agency’s symbolic show of support

Isaac Herzog, The Jewish Agency’s executive chairman said the organization was ‘making a symbolic statement’, to reflect its inclusive values.

The Times quoted him as saying: ‘The Jewish Agency is one big family, and all its members are equal.’

The grant is worth about $11,000, which is a small portion of the actual cost of surrogacy abroad, The Times of Israel reported.

Some Israelis who qualify for surrogacy in Israel also turn to services abroad to speed the process, The newspaper said. Although it added that Israeli health services don’t pay for surrogacy services outside of the country.

Knesset voted against same-sex couples’ surrogacy rights

Last year Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, caused outrage when it rejected an amendment to a surrogacy bill. This would have given same-sex couples the right to have children by surrogacy within the country.

As reported by Gay Star News, Israeli cities were brought to a standstill last year as thousands protested against the anti-LGBTI surrogacy law.

This was after Israel’s parliament amended the surrogacy bill to include single women, but failed to extend it to same-sex couples or LGBTI individuals.

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Author: Mark Johnson

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