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Bennett at coronavirus cabinet: Israel must use caution and take ‘minimal risks’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) opens a meeting of the coronavirus cabinet, on November 17, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) opens a meeting of the coronavirus cabinet, on November 17, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Opening a meeting of the coronavirus cabinet, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says that Israel needs to use “caution” and take “minimal risks” as the world learns more about the Omicron COVID variant.

“We want to maintain the tremendous achievement of the State of Israel in the Delta wave — an open and functioning Israel, with a functioning economy, and an active education system with children going to school. That’s the top priority,” Bennett says.

Encouraging Israelis to continue to get vaccinated, the prime minister says that “the indications are that the vaccine prevents serious illness” from the Omicron variant and that “the booster is very significant for protection against serious illness.”

Ministers are expected to vote on a complete closure of Israel to tourists and foreign residents, several news outlets report.

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