Naftali Bennett: 'Imposing a broad lockdown now is destructive and illogical'

Former Defense Minister rips government plan to impose weekend lockdowns. 'The government is panicking and shooting in all directions.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett

Former Defense Minister and Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett criticized the government’s Forum of Ministers Thursday afternoon over its recommendation the government pass new restrictions on public activity intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

After it was reported that cabinet ministers will gather Thursday night to vote on a proposal to close summer schools and impose nationwide weekend lockdowns, Bennett penned an article criticizing the move as “illogical” and “destructive”.

“The Coronavirus Cabinet’s decision to impose a sweeping lockdown starting tomorrow morning is disconnected from reality, and is illogical and destructive,” wrote Bennett.

“Because of this,” Bennett continued, “hundreds of hotel reservations for the weekend have been cancelled over the past hour. That’s terrible, needless damage!”

Bennett went on to criticize the government’s handling of the coronavirus in general, including the ordering of infected individuals into isolation at home.

“The data shows that about two-thirds of people who have been infected were infected at home, within the family. And yet 95% of those who are infected are sent home!”

The former Defense Minister also slammed plans to close public beaches, citing the low number of infections reported at beaches.

“There have been almost no infections during hikes. Almost no infections on beaches. And there have been very few infections at restaurants.”

“The government is panicking and is shooting in all directions, without any logic.”

“Instead of quibbling over the closure of pools, the government needs to send infected people to coronavirus hotels, increase the number of tests, and train – already this weekend – hundreds of additional contact researchers” to trace infections.

The forum, which is led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, agreed Thursday afternoon to back plans to impose lockdowns every weekend from Friday morning until Sunday morning, with individuals allowed to leave their homes only for “essential needs”, including grocery shopping and the purchase of medication.

The plan would also require restaurants to end on-site dining, and would only be able to offer take-out or delivery. Gyms and pools would be closed under the plan, as would public summer school programs.

In addition, synagogue services will be limited to 10 people, down from the current 19.

The cabinet will be convened Thursday night to vote on the proposals.