Gantz: Defense Ministry readying to house Israelis returning from Uman

Defense Minister Benny Gantz says ministers of his Blue and White party will back coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu’s “traffic light” plan for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gantz sits with Gamzu ahead of a meeting of the so-called coronavirus cabinet, when the plan is expected to be approved after a vote to adopt it was delayed several times.

The Blue and White chief tells Gamzu that the Defense Ministry is preparing to house Israelis returning from Uman for Rosh Hashanah at special coronavirus hotels, “in accordance with the framework that will be agreed on between [Gamzu] and the team of ministers.”

Gamzu has expressed opposition to allowing Israelis to travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah, warning that those coming backing from Ukraine could spread the virus in Israel. Ukraine last week announced it would close its borders to non-nationals during September.

The efforts to prevent the pilgrimage to Uman, where the grave site of venerated Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav is located, have angered members of the Hasidic sect and some of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox allies.

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