Gantz calls to approve raising fines for violators of health rules

Defense Minister Benny Gantz calls on the prime minister to bring to a cabinet vote next week a proposal to raise fines for violators of coronavirus restrictions.

“It is inconceivable that while we discuss in the cabinet ways to keep to restrictions and strengthen discipline and enforcement, we are delaying realizing those decisions,” Gantz says.

A senior official in the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism tells Ynet in response such comments are “impudent” and accuses Gantz of “pestering” Haredi institutions.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz visits the Jerusalem Municipality on November 10, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Widespread reports during the pandemic have shown the ultra-Orthodox public to be one of the least disciplined in keeping to virus guidelines.