Gantz says he’ll push to reopen schools after teachers vaccinated

Defense Minister Benny Gantz says he’ll encourage the government to reopen schools after teachers receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Teachers are being prioritized in the inoculation drive and are expected to receive the first shots on Wednesday. However, it would take another five weeks for the teaching staff to be fully immunized.

“As I demanded, from tomorrow, we will start vaccinating teachers… I hope that we can convene the coronavirus cabinet in the coming days and consider bringing the education system back into operation at the first possible moment, and we will try to see to it that it’s as soon as possible,” says Gantz, during a tour of coronavirus testing areas in the Golan Heights.

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

The defense minister also issues a warning to Israel’s enemies during his tour of the northern border.

“We continue to be vigilant at our borders.  We have acted, and will continue to act, against anyone who tries to challenge us, from near or far. We aren’t sitting around and waiting,” he adds, saying Israel is engaged in security, diplomatic, and economic efforts to ensure its security.