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Frank Commends Netanyahu's Pro-Gay Words

Frank Commends Netanyahu's Pro-Gay Words


Rep. Barney Frank praised Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, during which Netanyahu expressed opposition to antigay public policies.

During his speech Netanyahu noted the contrast between Israel's treatment of gay people and the harsh treatment they receive in neighboring Arab nations. Frank mentioned that he used the Israeli Defense Forces as an example of a foreign military that allowed gay citizens to serve openly during debates over repealing "don't ask, don't tell."

"This affirmation of the importance of fair treatment for gay people is especially welcome because it is the first time any foreign leader has ever done this to a joint session of Congress," Frank said.

During his appearance Netanyahu spoke on a broad range of issues, including his desire to bolster his country's alliance with the United States, and he stressed that Israel would not allow the holy city of Jerusalem to be divided.

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