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Lapid calls on Netanyahu to condemn Likud MK’s purported homophobic remarks

Likud MK Shlomo Karhi at the Arrangements Committee meeting in the Knesset, in Jerusalem on January 13, 2020. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Likud MK Shlomo Karhi at the Arrangements Committee meeting in the Knesset, in Jerusalem on January 13, 2020. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid calls on prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn Likud MK Shlomo Karhi for purported homophobic comments he made in the Knesset.

During a heated exchange  in the Knesset plenum, Karhi shouts at Yesh Atid MKs Michal Shir and Yorai Lahav-Hertzano that “with you guys there are no men and women — everyone is Mrs., that’s your ideology.”

Shir retorts: “You have something against the LGBT community? Come out and say it.” Karhi shouts back toward Shir and Lahav-Hertzano: “How should I address you, as Mrs. or Mr.?”

Lahav-Hertzano, who is gay, shouts back angrily: “You should call me Mr.”

Karhi then asks the same question of Labor MK Gilad Kariv, a Reform rabbi, who retorts: “Don’t call me anything.”

Lapid calls on Netanyahu to “immediately condemn the primitive and homophobic comments by Shlomo Karhi toward MK Lahav-Hertzano. This stain is also on your head and on the entire Likud movement.”

In response, Karhi calls Lapid “a liar and a cheat” and claims that he was not asking Lahav-Hertzano, but was only addressing his question to Shir and Kariv.

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