Netanyahu appoints Israel’s first openly gay minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday tapped Amir Ohana as acting Justice Minister, Israel’s first openly gay minister.

The appointment of Mr Ohana, from Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, comes as Jerusalem prepared for its annual Gay Pride celebrations last night.

“Amir Ohana is a jurist who knows the legal system well,” the Prime Minister’s office said.

He takes up the position from Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing rival Ayelet Shaked, sacked by the Prime Minister on Sunday along with education minister Naftali Bennett after the Likud leader failed to form a government following April elections.

Mr Netanyahu opted for parliament to dissolve itself and ­approve new elections, preventing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin from selecting someone else to form a government.

Read the article in The Australian (AFP).