Israel recruiting gay envoys

Israel is recruiting gays and lesbians as unofficial envoys. In a bid to boost its international image, the country’s Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has established a framework of diverse volunteers who speak about Israel around the world. The ministry is encouraging minorities and members of the gay community to step forward. Ministry spokesman Gal Ilan said the goal was to highlight Israel’s diversity. Israel has recently been promoting itself as a gay friendly oasis in an intolerant Middle East.