A poll for an Israeli newspaper that revealed that 44% of Israelis may be ready for a gay Prime Minister has provoked a vitriolic response from one of the country’s MPs.

The Yediot Aharonot poll found 25% of respondents were certain they were “ready” for a gay PM and another 19% thought they might be.

The paper took its findings to National Union party MP Ya’akov Katz for comment.

The hirsute politician, who is on the rightwing fringe of Israeli politics, responded:

“I can’t understand how a man can kiss another man.

“When I think about it, I want to vomit.

“When I think about a bearded man fondling another bearded man, it kills me.”

Mr Katz also compared gay people to paedophiles.

“Could a man be prime minister who loves to sleep with sheep? With horses?

“Can a man whose orientation is for horses be prime minister? Can a man who likes girls aged five be prime minister?”

Israel’s gay community was rocked by the murder of two people at a gay youth centre in Tel Aviv earlier this month.

15 were injured when a gunman opened fire on the venue, which was holding a meeting for LGBT teenagers.

Those killed were named as Liz Trubeshi, 16, of Holon and 26-year-old Nir Kat of Givatayim.