Israel is currently considering legislation that would enact marriage equality and those efforts got a boost when the elder statesman Shimon Peres, who is currently President of Israel (a mostly ceremonial post) said the following in an interview:
"[E]ven a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away (their) rights. We cannot take away someone's rights because they are different. We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them."The explicit endorsement of full LGBT equality by such a prominent figure as former Prime Minister Peres is today's Queer Quote.
The Washington Blade puts the fight for marriage equality in Israel in perspective to the status quo in other countries:
Israel recognizes legally performed same-sex marriages in other countries.Hat/tip to Joe.My.God