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Netanyahu, Gantz said to bypass coronavirus cabinet vote on full lockdown

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz reportedly agree to skip a vote on intensifying the national lockdown in the so-called coronavirus committee and instead hold a vote in the full ministerial cabinet.

According to Walla news, during the break of the coronavirus cabinet meeting, a telephone conversation took place between Netanyahu, Gantz, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.

At the end of the conversation, the news site reports, it was decided to skip the vote in the coronavirus cabinet and immediately move to a full cabinet vote.

The rest of the coronavirus cabinet members, including Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, are said to have only found out about the call and the decision from media reports.

The cabinet will meet at 10:30. p.m.