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Amir Ohana

Amir Ohana
MK Amir Ohana.jpg
Date of birth (1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Beersheba, Israel
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2015– Likud

Amir Ohana (Hebrew: אמיר אוחנה‎; born 15 March 1976) is an Israeli lawyer, former Shin Bet official and politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud. He is the first openly gay right-wing member of the Knesset and the first openly gay man from Likud to serve in the Knesset.[1]

Amir Ohana at Tel Aviv LGBT Pride

Biography

The chairman of the Likud gay caucus Ga'ava BaLikud ("Pride in the Likud"),[2][3] Ohana gained 32nd slot on the Likud list for the 2015 Knesset elections in the party primaries, a place reserved for a member from Tel Aviv District. Although he failed to gain a seat when the party won 30 seats, he moved to 31st spot after minister and MK Danny Danon resigned from the Knesset to assume position of Israel's envoy to the UN. Ohana eventually entered the Knesset on 27 December 2015 as a replacement for Silvan Shalom after he resigned amidst a sexual harassment scandal.[4] During his first term in the Knesset he served as a member of the Finance Committee and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well chairing the Lobby for Shaping the Gun-Carrying Policy in Israel and joining the Lobby for Medical Cannabis. He also became co-chair the Israel–Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group.[5]

Views and opinions

Ohana is a supporter of loosening the policy on carrying firearms in Israel in order to allow more armed people on streets for prevention and fast reaction to terror attacks.[6] After entering the Knesset, Ohana inaugurated the caucus to lobby and promote this cause.[7]

When opposition members of Knesset in February 2016 proposed several bills intended to improve the gay community’s status such as recognizing bereaved widowers, banning conversion therapy, recognizing same-sex marriage contracts and to train health professionals to deal with gender and sexual inclination issues, Ohana left the session without voting; he said he could not vote against these bills, but he did not want to violate the party line.[8]

He is a board member of Tadmor - Eretz Yisrael loyalists group within the Likud.[3]

Personal life

Ohana and his partner, Alon Hadad, have a son and a daughter together. Their children were born with a surrogate mother in the US state of Oregon.[9][10]

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