#10978127 at 2020-10-08 07:14:17 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14042: Out Of Shadows Edition
To hell with public trust and personal example
The prime minister's complete silence over Likud minister Gila Gamliel's lockdown breach and her lies about it prove once again that Benjamin Netanyahu is not even capable of keeping up the façade of true leadership
Forget pink slips or a public reprimand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not even capable of condemning his own minister's dubious actions.
As far as Netanyahu is concerned, everything is either a political or a party issue.
When Blue & White Tourism Minister AsafZamir resigned from the government Friday, Netanyahu immediately lashed out at him via his spokesperson.
It is obvious that Zamir could no longer stomach the stench emanating from the government to which he belonged. He could not stand being part of an administration whose main issue is to make sure people do not protest its decisions.
They have dedicated all their energy to stopping the demonstrations, while all around them the economy is collapsing, thousands blatantly ignore lockdown restrictions and the number of coronavirus sick and dying continues to rise day by day.
But Zamir is no Gila Gamliel. He committed the most heinous crime by leaving a Netanyahu government - not the simple act of lying during an epidemiological investigation, attempting to hide the fact you skirted lockdown rules, drove 150 kilometers to visit family and ignored phone calls by health officials trying to reach you for hours.
As of Tuesday, 48 hours after her escapades were revealed, Netanyahu had yet to say a word about the scandal involving the environmental protection minister from his own party.
During a cabinet meeting Monday, set to extend those same regulations Gamliel violated, Netanyahu seemed pretty reconciled.
"I suggest we wait until the investigation is over," the prime minister said.
Gamliel is a strong personality within Likud, and we must give her the respect she deserves - to hell with public trust and personal example.
After all, the minister has her constituents, the Likud is a family and one does not wash one's dirty laundry in the open. As we all know, the Netanyahus would rather have that done on foreign soil.
#10942759 at 2020-10-06 08:10:34 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13998: POTUS Rose On The Third Day Edition
Israeli minister urged to step down after traveling despite lockdown & revealing Covid-19 diagnosis
Israel's environment minister has apologized after coming under fire for testing positive for Covid-19 days after apparently disregarding national lockdown rules to travel some 140 kilometers from home on Yom Kippur.
Minister Gila Gamliel announced on October 3 that she'd contracted the virus, following her journey a week earlier from her Tel Aviv home to a synagogue in the city of Tiberias.
In a statement published by Israeli media on Monday, Gamliel apologized for an "error in judgment," while insisting she had acted within the guidelines as her husband owns the apartment they stayed at in Tiberias.
"I understand that in this period in which there is great importance in maintaining public trust in government instructions, it's possible I made an error in judgment and that there was room to act differently," she said.
"I apologize to the public, and announce that I will pay the required fine."
Local reports claim that the Likud politician evaded health ministry investigators for hours. According to sources cited by Haaretz, Gamliel allegedly told epidemiological investigators that she had contracted Covid-19 from her driver, but the health checks apparently revealed that some of her family members who also tested positive for the virus had not had contact with the driver.
Gamliel then apparently admitted that, along with her husband, she and relatives had visited a synagogue in Tiberias for Yom Kippur.
The controversy over Gamliel's movements emerged as protests continue in Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tightening of the country's second national lockdown. Under new travel rules Israelis are limited to a one kilometer radius of their homes, a decision that demonstrators say is really aimed at discouraging protests. Israel's Tourism Minister AsafZamir resigned on Friday in protest at the PM's handling of the pandemic.
#10918571 at 2020-10-04 20:39:46 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13972: [They] Are Boxed Into A Corner Edition
Israel Never Had a More Chaotic, Miserable Government. It's Exactly Why It May Survive
In a long history of unhappy coalitions, Israel has never had a more chaotic and miserable government than this one. But it could end up having better survival prospects than anyone thinks
The resounding resignation letter by Tourism Minister AsafZamir (Kahol Lavan) on Friday, stating he could no longer serve under a prime minster for whom "the coronavirus crisis is at best second place on his list of priorities," was a mini-earthquake that rocked the Netanyahu-Gantz governing coalition.
#10640485 at 2020-09-14 06:38:52 (UTC+1) Q RESEARCH GENERAL #13617: Wheels & Walls W&W (Wizards & Warlocks) Edition
"Israel to Shut Down Nation for Three Weeks to Contain COVID Spread"
Facing a spike of 4,000 daily new coronavirus infections, the government of Israel voted Sunday to implement a national lockdown for three weeks to contain the spread-a decision that was opposed by a number of cabinet members.
The lockdown will begin on Friday and include the Jewish New Year. Israel is reported to be the first country to impose such a measure on a national level.
"There are detailed regulations that the government will approve in the next two days," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a briefing after the vote, as reported by The Jerusalem Post. "I know these steps will take a heavy toll, that this is not the holiday we are used to, and that we will certainly not be able to celebrate with the whole family." Netanyahu has been previously criticized for his response to the pandemic, including reopening the economy too quickly.
The measures during the lockdown include: not having more than 10 people congregating indoors, while groups of 20 are permitted outside; schools and shopping centers will be closed; citizens cannot go beyond 500 meters from home except for traveling to work; and non-governmental businesses and offices can remain open but not take in patrons.
The decision drew criticism from some members of Netanyahu's cabinet who argued that a nationwide lockdown would hurt Israel's economy. Among those officials were Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay, Economy Minister Amir Peretz, and Tourism Minister AsafZamir, who said that "a full closure of the entire country during the holidays is too extreme a step and has economic implications that entire industries will not recover from."
"Hundreds of thousands of employees and the self-employed are in existential anxiety. The economic coronavirus pandemic is no less severe than the health pandemic," said Peretz.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, begins on September 27.
Before the government vote, Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman announced his resignation to protest against the lockdown measures. He also threatened to pull the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party that he leads out of the governing coalition, BBC News reported.
"My heart is with the thousands of Jews who come to synagogue once a year and this year won't come at all due to the lockdown," wrote Litzman in his resignation letter. "I warned against a lockdown during the holidays in every possible forum and emphasized that if there is a need for a full lockdown, it should not wait for a rise of infection to get to this pace."
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein remarked that while he should be happy about the decision, he's not. "For three months, I tried to do everything to allow us to live life alongside the coronavirus and keep the number [of sick patients] at levels the health system could live with," Edelstein said, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post. The Health Ministry also experienced criticism from those within the government over its handling of the pandemic.
But another cabinet official, Interior Minister Areyh Deri, backed the measures. As reported by the Times of Israel, Deri said he supports a general lockdown as opposed to localized closures in the cities.
According to Johns Hopkins University's tracker, as of Sunday afternoon, Israel has approximately 154,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including more than 1,108 deaths. A recent report from the country's coronavirus information center said that the growing rate of infections is bringing hospitals to maximum capacity.
Newsweek reached out to Israel's government press office for additional comment.