TEL AVIV (CBSDC) — A photo posted on the Israel Defense Force’s Facebook page is causing quite the stir.

The photo shows a same-sex military couple holding hands walking down a Tel Aviv street in celebration of Gay Pride Month in Israel. Thousands of people have “liked” the photo and commented on it, both positively and negatively.

However, not everyone was pleased. “If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could see this, I think they would be turning in their graves with shame for them,” user Bill DeGeorge wrote.

Another commenter took issue to what DeGeorge wrote, praising the picture.

“[W]ho put you to say what our ancestors would be for or against and whether or not they’d roll in their graves,” Nadav Igra wrote on the page. “I think that they would be immobile with pride that the Jewish nation, now armed to defend itself, is at the forefront of accepting normal human sexuality rather than persecuting blameless men and women.”

The caption for the photo reads: “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally? Let’s see how many shares you can get for this photo.”

The Israeli military began allowing openly gay members to serve in 1993, nearly 20 years before the United States ended its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Tel Aviv held its Gay Pride Parade last Friday.


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