Health minister rips into MK who said he wouldn’t get vaccinated

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein says other countries have been asking Israel to help them obtain coronavirus vaccines.

“Countries are contacting us and asking for Israel’s help in obtaining vaccines,” Edelstein tells Army Radio, and not “exotic countries you haven’t heard of either.”

He laments widespread health violations by Israelis who have traveled to Dubai, accusing them of flouting local regulations. Edelstein says the Emiratis, who recently forged diplomatic ties with Israel, are turning a blind eye so as not to cause a rift with Jerusalem.

The health minister also blasts Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar, who has announced he won’t get vaccinated.

“A public official who calls for not getting the vaccine, this has the potential to kill someone,” Edelstein says. “It’s terrible.”

Avidar earlier on Wednesday accused the government and Health Ministry of fanning “hysteria” and said he would not get the shot.

“It’s in the interest of Netanyahu and the Health Ministry to make us all hysterical,” he told 103 FM.