Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally welcomed MK Amir Ohana, the first gay lawmaker from the Likud, as he was sworn in to the Knesset on Monday.
When new MKs are sworn in, another lawmaker usually welcomes him or her, but it is rare for the prime minister to do so.
“I am happy to accept him in our ranks,” Netanyahu said. “Ohana has a rich past in defense and is the head of the Likud Pride Group. I accept him with appreciation and pride,” he added.
Netanyahu described Ohana as pleasant to speak to, but firm in his political stances, and predicted he will be an excellent MK. The prime minister said he thinks Ohana will bridge different parts of the public, and pointed out that he is the first openly representative to be elected to the Knesset via an open primary.