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Avigdor Liberman calls government COVID-19 decisions ‘illegal’

Yisrael Beyteinu Party Chairman MK Avigdor Liberman today attacked the decisions made by the government regarding coronavirus.

“In recent days, the State of Israel has been in a state of disarray. We hear countless talks about a closure, but what is needed is order,” he said.

He said, “It can’t be that critical decisions, such as postponing the budget, opening the school year, or restrictions on red cities are made at the last minute. Nothing is done in an orderly manner, everything is fired from the hip as a result of pressure and dirty-dealing. It can’t be that the citizens of the State of Israel have become hostages of Deri, Litzman, and Gafni. The decisions of the Corona Cabinet aren’t made on the basis of scientific data, nor are they transparent nor done in a logical way.”

“In fact, Netanyahu sacrificed public health on the altar of maintaining the coalition, so all decisions made are clearly illegal,” Liberman stated. “I suggest the public act in accordance with common sense and not in accordance with government guidelines.

“Moreover, I call on local government to take responsibility, appoint its own coordinator, and manage the crisis alone. The government has failed miserably. In the end, those who are at the forefront, those who face the public every day are the mayors,” added the Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman.

He also compares this position to Ariel Sharon’s disregard for government orders on the eve of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, which he says saved Israel.

“The government has lost the public’s trust and doesn’t deserve it, so the way to deal with the problem at the moment is through local government. The Coronavirus Cabinet must be abolished, and at the government level the whole issue should be centralized with the IDF and Home Front Command,” he said.

“In addition, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the VAT reduction must be announced by 10%, from 17% to 7% until the next Rosh Hashanah in order to increase private consumption. These are the steps I would take today,” Liberman noted.

In response to Liberman’s remarks, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin said, “I was very sorry to hear what Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman MK Liberman said. As public leaders, we have a duty to conduct the democratic debate between us properly using all parliamentary tools, but a call to citizens for each man to do what is right in his eyes, in a way that will create anarchy and endanger the health of all citizens of the country, is irresponsible. This is the opposite of the personal example and leadership required of us all to overcome the crisis together.”

Also, opposition leader Yair Lapid responds to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s letter, in which the premier accused opposition politicians of undermining the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus.

“You failed miserably in dealing with the crisis, both health-wise and economically. Your dangerous, arrogant, and irresponsible statements, and those of your close associates, as well as the failure to make decisions, has led to over 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus,” writes Lapid.

Lapid writes that he expects Netanyahu to “take responsibility, admit your failure, and resign.”

Source: Arutz Sheva