Corona Crisis Over in 3 Weeks, Says Deputy Health Minister

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kish (Likud). (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

If all continues to go well, Israel’s multi-month exit from the coronavirus crisis will be complete in about three weeks.

At least that was Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kish’s assessment on Wednesday as the country registered less than 100 new cases for the fourth consecutive day.

“A week from Thursday, the green pass outline will not include any additional limits,” Kish told the Knesset plenary, which had convened to approve the further lifting of restrictions on public gatherings. “In my estimation, if the disease continues to decline, in three weeks from today we will remove the restrictions completely,” The Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.

But if covid is on the way out, politics definitely is not.

During the session, New Hope MK Yifat Shasha-Biton, formerly of Likud and formerly chairwoman of the Knesset Coronavirus Committee, leveled her sarcasm at the head of the Knesset Arrangements Committee, Likud MK Miki Zohar, for blocking the establishment of a new committee.

“MK Miki Zohar is not ready to form a corona committee, so there really must be no corona anymore,” she said. “If this is the case, let’s abolish all restrictions.

“However, if the coronavirus still exists – and I believe we still need to govern this pandemic – we must set up a corona committee in the Knesset that can discuss government decisions,” she said.

Kish responded that the committee will be formed as long as its chair will be from one of the parties that support Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to the Post.

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