Yael German
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Former Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) on Saturday slammed the haredi UTJ party's involvement in the government, but said that if Yesh Atid becomes the ruling party, the haredim will be invited to joint the coalition.

Speaking at a Shabbatarbut event in the central city of Modi'in, German spoke about the Israeli government's conduct, German said, "The haredim, especially UTJ and its chairman Health Minister Yakov Litzman, are the ones running the government."

"We don't have a real democracy today. They tell us we have a democracy, and that the government is the people's choice, that most of the country chose Likud to lead them. But the party deciding which laws pass in Israel is not Likud - it's UTJ.

"UTJ does not allow public transportation on Shabbat (Sabbath), even though most Israelis want it. They don't allow civil marriage - even though most Israelis want it. They don't allow surrogacy, and I believe most Israelis want changes to the surrogacy laws. They don't allow any law that would help the LGBT community, and I believe that today, most Israelis understand that the LGBT community deserves rights equal to those of everyone else."

However, German added that, "when we build a coalition, I think we should invite the haredi parties. They are part of the nation and they need to be represented. However, they should not be able to veto a law just because they feel it is morally incorrect. This way, we will be able to have a democracy which represents the majority of Israelis."

Currently, surrogacy is only legal for heterosexual couples who cannot have children on their own. Both surrogates and intended parents must meet certain criteria, and each request is either rejected or approved by the Health Ministry.

The LGBT community would like to see surrogacy approved for gay couples, and possibly for lesbians as well.

In August, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is not a right. Also in August, a poll showed that 71% of Israelis - and 60% of Yesh Atid's voters - prefer the Rabbinate to civil marriage.