Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz of the Union of Right-Wing Parties drew condemnation from activists, educators and politicians across the political spectrum, including the prime minister, for remarks in a weekend television interview endorsing gay conversion therapy. In response to a question, Peretz said that he  himself had participated in providing such “treatment” to gay individuals in the past and that his approach is for the person in question “to get to know himself better and then decide” on their sexual orientation.

Against the backdrop of calls for Peretz's ouster, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced he had appointed academic Dr. Evan Cohen, founder of the Likud Party's caucus for LGBTQ rights, as his new spokesman for international media.

KAN's Naomi Segal asked Ofer Erez, executive director of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, for his reaction to Peretz's comments.