Government forms coronavirus cabinet as COVID cases climb

The new government has formed a coronavirus cabinet to debate its health policy.

It is composed of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett; Foreign Minister Yair Lapid; Defense Minister Benny Gantz; Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman; Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar; Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked; Public Security Minister Omer Barlev; Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz; Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton; Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin; Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahane; Economy Minister Orna Barbivai. Two other ministers — Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov and Science Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen — are observers.

The government intends to advance legislation to reduce the number of ministers in the coronavirus cabinet in the coming weeks to make the panel less unwieldly and more efficient, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says.

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