ISRAEL - Gay Conversion Therapy Outlawed

Arno Froese

The Knesset approved a bill to ban psychologists from practicing conversion therapy in Israel, amid a stormy plenum vote. 

The legislation, proposed by Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz, would take away the license of psychologists who uses conversion therapy, fine them and send them to jail for repeat offenses.

Blue and White decided to support the bill shortly before the vote. “We promised and we upheld,” tweeted Alternate Prime Minister and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. “Conversion therapy was born in sin and its place is outside of the law and the public norm.”

At the Knesset plenum, Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kish spoke out against the bill, saying it was “extraneous,” as the bill singles out psychologists and not others who do conversion therapy for a criminal punishment.

Kish added that a psychologist can already be punished with a disciplinary offense for doing conversion therapy under the current law. Horowitz subsequently agreed to drop the criminal punishment from the bill and Kish stated that this showed that the bill was a “political statement” and the government was “completely opposed” to any criminal punishment.

After Kish’s statements, Horowitz stressed that the bill would remain as it was originally proposed, including the criminal punishment, and any changes should be negotiated and discussed only after the bill is passed., 22 July 2020

Arno's commentary

As it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, so it is today. One of Israel’s major cities, Tel Aviv, is considered the most gay-friendly city in the world. 

What does the Bible say? The Old Testament states: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). The New Testament adds: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:24).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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