PROGRESS towards a more inclusive society and the question of whether Israel has a genuine peace partner were key topics Likud MK Amir Ohana raised at a lunch in Sydney hosted by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council on Monday (May 16).
But the Likud party’s first openly gay Knesset member decided to open his speech with a personal expression of thanks to Australian Jewry.
“It’s my first time in Australia and I am deeply impressed with how much support the State of Israel gets both within the Jewish community and the political community as well,” Ohana said.
“It’s one of the first messages I’m going to take back home with me. I want you all to understand that we do not take it for granted.”
Ohana said he is proud to be chairman of “Pride in the Likud” after helping to found it in 2011, acknowledging, “Normally only left-wing politics [in Israel] embraced members of the LGBTI community.