Quarantine Violator Says She Acted on Lapid’s Advice

Blue and White MK Yair Lapid. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

A young woman who recently returned from the United States decided to break quarantine – and when she was caught, she said that she had gotten the idea from Blue and White number two Yair Lapid, whom, she said, had said that it was “okay to leave the house.”

The young woman had been working in the U.S. and returned last week, and was sent immediately to quarantine at home. After several days, she left her home, and was tracked down by the Shin Bet, which is using location technology to determine the whereabouts of those who are supposed to be under quarantine.

Speaking to Channel 12, the woman said that she had decided to leave her home because “I didn’t realize the restrictions would be so difficult, that I would not be able to leave home at all. I went out to buy some things that I needed, it wasn’t such a big deal. I don’t think I did anything wrong. I have read up on this and I saw wisdom in what some of the politicians said, that it was okay to leave home. I saw that Lapid said something like that. I see there is some debate about this, who am I to argue with anyone?”

Last week, Lapid slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the Health Ministry’s instructions that all Israelis must remain in their homes. “In the name of democracy they are telling you to stay at home,” he said in a social media post. “Ask yourselves: In which countries does a prime minister who was not elected forbid leaving the house?” After heavy criticism, Lapid released a correction, saying that “clearly I did not recommend that anyone violate the quarantine rules. Everyone must follow Health Ministry instructions, but I remain insistent that a legitimate Knesset and government supervise this.”