Bennett: ‘Everything possible is being done to avoid lockdowns’

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett publishes a lengthy Facebook post criticizing calls for the implementation of a lockdown to stem the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

‘Everything possible is being done to avoid lockdowns, which are destructive tools for our livelihood, for the economy, and for the education of our children,” Bennett writes.

“Lockdowns are a last resort,” he says, saying that the previous three lockdowns implemented by the last government cost Israel over 200 billion shekels ($62 billion).

“Our goal is simple: to preserve the health of the citizens of Israel, and also to preserve the economic future of the State of Israel,” he says.

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