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Ministers delay vote on lifting ‘Green Pass’ at malls amid disagreement

People shop at a mall in Jerusalem on December 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
People shop at a mall in Jerusalem on December 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Ministers push off a vote on lifting the requirement for a “Green Pass” at malls amid a disagreement on the measure.

According to the government, while a series of other measures were agreed to, a vote on the Green Pass — which shows proof of up-to-date vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 — at malls will only occur later in the week.

Many ministers oppose keeping the measure in place, in part for financial reasons, while others believe it should remain in force for health reasons and to encourage vaccination.

Today’s cabinet hearing was marked by sharp disagreements among ministers over how to approach the fifth COVID wave as Omicron rages and new daily cases continue to set records.

According to Ynet, Agriculture Minister Oded Forer suggests during the meeting that there is widespread “public distrust” in the government, and Welfare Minister Meir Cohen says “the public is not with us and there is a lot of confusion.”

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