Speaking from a special rostrum set up in his Knesset isolation chamber, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett renews his attacks on the opposition for dragging him into the plenum despite being in quarantine, due to contact with a likely Omicron carrier.
“Public health should be above political games. You’ve lost the plot,” he fumes. “You are going to cause a mass breakout in the Knesset. The public is watching you in shame.”
Hitting back, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu advises that Bennett “quit whining,” since the rules require him to appear at the Knesset.
“You’re afraid of criticism and wasting precious time. We don’t care about life? Shame on you,” he says.
He accuses Bennett of putting the country in veritable lockdown by requiring those exposed to Omicron to quarantine, and charges that Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton is a pandemic denier, sabotaging vaccination of kids in schools.