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Bennett swipes at health officials over COVID approach: ‘They don’t see the full picture’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, on September 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, on September 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett takes a swipe at health officials advising the government on its coronavirus approach, amid reported disagreements over whether to impose further restrictions.

“With all due respect to the cabinet of medical experts,” he says during a briefing with Israeli journalists while in New York for the UN General Assembly, “they don’t see the full picture.”

“Some of them objected to the booster at the moment of truth. I don’t accept the ‘who cares’ response regarding money and income. The medical experts are an important [source of] input but not exclusive,” he says.

“They don’t make national decisions, we do,” Bennett continues. “When I asked them why we need to shut down a Shlomo Artzi performance because of this or that community, they stuttered.”

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