Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Dec 11, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    Staff writer Pink NewsA Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador.

    Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.


    Read more at Pink News
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    Dec 11, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    Despite so many people's protests about Israel's doings, they're still--by far--the most progressive country in the Middle East. That should be commended.
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    Dec 11, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    That's cool. Wow, Angola...icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 11, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    yeah i'd be more worried about angola
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 12, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    What is the conservative Jew have to say about it?
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    Dec 12, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    zakariahzol saidWhat is the conservative Jew have to say about it?


    You mean orthodox Jew. Conservative Jews are about as liberal and up-to-date with current open-mindedness as the reform Jew.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 12, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
    I wonder if there is any controversy in Israel over this
    Maybe some of our friends over there can tell us?
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    Dec 12, 2009 7:29 AM GMT
    The Jerusalem Post reported (10 Sep 2003) about Israel's receiving of its first gay ambassador (complete with partner):

    || at the Vin d'Honeur, the traditional post- credentials reception hosted by new ambassadors at the King David Hotel, [Danish Ambassador] Damsgaard told The Jerusalem Post that he had not encountered any difficulties in Israel in reaction to his being gay.

    Indeed, the BBC reported:

    || The ambassador's appointment appears to be causing more trouble here in Denmark than it is in Israel.

    Three years later, the ambassador is quoted in an article by Israel's leading newspaper, Yediot Achronot:

    || If I judge by the way we were received over here, and we've been here for three years, I can say that Israeli society is very open.

    The newspaper reports:
    || The Israeli Foreign Ministry is considered one of the most developed ministries in the world in terms of its attitude towards diplomats who are recognized as gays and lesbians. Even the United States and France, which are considered extremely advanced, do not recognize such partners of diplomats.

    The Pink News article quoted in the OP adds:
    || The couple met in Jerusalem in 1994 and were married in the city a year later. Although the marriage is not legally recognised, Goldstein said that as they have been together for more than two years, they are recognised as common law spouses under Israeli law.

    Israel's common law marriage laws do not set a time limit, so the "two years" is informative but not a requirement.

    The Israeli diplomatic couple:
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    I have no idea how they will be received in Angola.
    Last year the Vatican rejected a gay ambassador from France.
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    Dec 12, 2009 7:37 AM GMT
    . . . what would the local chapter of Gay Jews for Jehovah say? . . .

    . . . Stalin and his airbrushing techniques live!!

    . . . death (but a cowardly and virtual death) to Jehovah! . . .

    . . .
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    Dec 12, 2009 10:10 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidLast year the Vatican rejected a gay ambassador from France.


    I hope France had the balls to refuse to send anyone else.
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    Dec 12, 2009 10:22 AM GMT
    eh, it's nice enough, but really israel? in my eyes one good policy won't counter act all of negative ones they have.
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    jackofhearts46> eh, it's nice enough, but really israel? in my eyes one good policy won't counter act all of negative ones they have.

    There are plenty of topics where you can read up on this and contribute to the discussions:

    "Palestine" is the Latin/European name for Eretz Yisrael, the Jewish homeland - and Arab denials of the existence of "Palestine".

    Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. (Judaism is a religion, Jews are an ethnic group)

    West Bank

    Sarah Palin urges Israel settlement expansion

    In search of a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict: UNSCR 242, Oslo and Camp David/Taba (Or: I support the Clinton COMPROMISE parameters. Do you?!)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 12, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    This one good thing in Israel does not forgive that nation for all its violent atrocious acts against the Palestinian people. As usual, Caesarea4 is spitting out his typical pro-Israeli government propaganda to cover up for that nation's countless, violent crimes against innocent Palestinian women and children.
  • SolidRanger

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    Dec 13, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    makavelli saidDespite so many people's protests about Israel's doings, they're still--by far--the most progressive country in the Middle East. That should be commended.
    Yeah its surprising huh? Here's a commercial that aired on Israeli TV.



    And here's a really cool sorta PSA from Israel that also aired on TV

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    Dec 13, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    I like how the title identifies the spouse as gay instead of the ambassador. Very "I'm not gay but my boyfriend is."
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    Dec 13, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
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