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Gantz pans Peretz’s gay conversion remarks, avoids calling for minister’s axing

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.

Gantz pans Peretz’s gay conversion remarks, avoids calling for minister’s axing

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz holds a press conference in which he condemns for a second time the remarks in support of gay conversion therapy made by Education Minister Rafi Peretz. However, he refuses to call for the resignation of the chairman of the Union of Right-Wing Parties.

“Rabbi Rafi and I served a long service together [in the IDF]. There was a serious deviation here and we cannot ignore it. I am not getting into the matter of his dismissal,” Gantz said when pressed whether he would join others, including members of his own party, who have called on Peretz to step down.

Gantz said that if elected prime minister, he would appoint someone from his own party as education minister.

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