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Netanyahu said to tell Maoz to keep a low profile, stop anti-LGTB comments

Noam's sole lawmaker, Avi Maoz, speaks at the outset of his Knesset faction meeting, December 5, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Noam's sole lawmaker, Avi Maoz, speaks at the outset of his Knesset faction meeting, December 5, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

The presumed incoming prime minister has sent a message to Noam party head Avi Maoz, telling him to keep a low profile with regard to his anti-LGBT rhetoric, Channel 12 reports.

Netanyahu’s transfer of control of educational ministry projects to Maoz has caused a massive outcry, heightened by an interview Maoz gave last week, during which he vowed to cancel the Jerusalem Pride Parade.

Following the interview, Netanyahu issued a statement promising that there would be no change to LGBT rights in Israel and has now sent a message to Maoz.

The report says it is not only Netanyahu’s Likud that is uncomfortable with Maoz’s blatant homophobia, but the other far-right and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners have expressed concern that Maoz was harming the image of the whole bloc, the report says.

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