It is amazing to me how the same cultural war issues resonate in both Israel and the United States. Since the summer, the overarching Kulturkampt issue in Israel has been the gay pride parade planned for the city of Jerusalem as the culminating event of "Jerusalem World Pride," a "LGBT" [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] extravaganza to be held in the Holy City. This conclave was originally planned for August, but was delayed by the onset of the war with Hezbollah.
The prospect of a gay pride parade in a city holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam had united the clerics and faithful of all three religions in protest. The Vatican even appealed to the Government of Israel to stop the parade. That appeal fell on deaf ears, since the Government of Israel and its media are controlled by elites with the same leftist secular outlook found in the American Left and the MSM here. Predictably, the Supreme Court and the Attorney General of Israel rejected all attempts to stop the parade by Jerusalem's Mayor, an Orthodox Jew, and by the police authorities concerned about possible violent clashes.
Ironically, for the second time, Islamic terrorists have succeeded where entreaties by religious authorities failed. Israeli police warned the organizers of the event about the increased threat of bomb attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups, in retaliation for Israel's recent military campaign in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, which attempted to stop rocket attacks on Israel. Persuaded of the real security risk inherent in a parade, the organizers decided today to change the event to a public rally in a stadium at Hebrew University. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Read all about it in the Jerusalem Post and Israel National News.