Gantz to Netanyahu: Halt the transfer of vaccines to other countries

Defense Minister Benny Gantz calls on Prime Minister Netanyahu to immediately halt the transfer of coronavirus vaccines to other countries and to convene the high-level security cabinet for deliberations on the matter.

Netanyahu acknowledged yesterday that Israel is sending vaccine doses to other countries that have granted favors to Israel, without further elaborating. The premier said he made the decision to give vaccines away, leaving ministers and top health officials in the dark.

Gantz calls the vaccines a national asset and says there were never talks in “the relevant forums” on giving them away.

“This is not the first time that significant security and diplomatic decisions are made behind the back of the relevant officials, with possible harm to the security of the state, foreign relations and rule of law,” Gantz says in a statement.