“No Equality Yet,” New Survey Says

Most the Israeli public believes that Israeli law discriminates against LGBT and is homophobic and that politicians do not represent the views of the public on the LGBT issue. In fact, only 14% of the respondents believe that politicians represent them on the subject of gay rights, compared to 44% who say that elected officials don’t represent their opinion on the matter .

This is the conclusion of a new survey conducted by the Research Institute Roshnik on a representative sample of the population just before the political panel of the Aguda that was held earlier today at ZOA House in Tel Aviv. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), Tzipi Livni (Zionist camp), Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid chair) and Zahava Galon (Meretz Chairman) will take part in the panel. Representatives of other parties, such as the Jewish Home, were invited to participate in a panel as well, but refused.

The survey found that while 55% of Israelis recognize that Israeli law discriminates against the LGBT community, only 14% believe that there is equality in the law. Perhaps it’s surprising to find that even among the religious population 48% believe that the law still discriminates against the LGBT community. Among the secular population the figure is much higher, where 65% believe that the existing laws in Israel are still homophobic and not equitable.

The Aguda CEO Oded Fried explains that “the Israeli public recognizes that there is discrimination against the LGBT community in the law, and now we have to take care that the members of the Knesset, who hold the power to change the situation, recognize that and act to stop the discrimination.”