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Netanyahu flip-flops on surrogacy rights for gay men

The LGBT community is furious with the Israeli prime minister for going back on his promise to support an amendment allowing single men and gay couples to use surrogates in Israel and has called for massive strikes in protest.
Israelis carry a gay pride rainbow flag with the Star of David during the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on July 21, 2016.
Israeli police said they suspected the man behind the attack on last year's march, Yishai Shlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who killed a teenager and stabbed five other people, had been in contact with his brother from prison about an assault on the event. / AFP / GALI TIBBON        (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
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On July 18, the Knesset approved a new law offering heterosexual couples and single women state-supported surrogacy. The new law excludes single men and gay couples. Previously, state support was offered only to married heterosexual couples. The final version did not include a proposed amendment that would have allowed single men to have a child in Israel through surrogacy.

There is no reason to be surprised that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suddenly withdrew his support for the amendment. Supporting it would have meant angering the ultra-Orthodox Knesset factions and a potential coalition crisis just moments before the Knesset begins its summer recess on July 22.

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