Defense Minister Naftali Bennett tours Bnei Brak; calls residents 'exemplary'

Bennett visits Bnei Brak, promises assistance: 'Bnei Brak situation is complex, but we see great response from residents to obey guidelines'

Mordechai Sones ,

Bennett in Bnei Brak, today
Bennett in Bnei Brak, today
Tal Oz/Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visited Bnei Brak this morning, as the city faces widespread coronavirus eruption and sharp increase in those requiring isolation, medical care, and supervision.

The Minister visited the central coronavirus HQ, where he spoke via video chat with Mayor Avraham Rubinstein and met with Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, who was appointed to head the fight against coronavirus spread in the city. There the Minister heard about residents' needs and concerns, and local authority actions to deal with the virus' spread.

Bennett also spoke with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who leads the campaign to safeguard the city of Bnei Brak, as well as visiting several grocery stores and supermarkets to learn about the situation on the ground.

Israel Police set up temporary checkpoints at Bnei Brak entrance
Flash 90

Defense Minister Bennett tours Bnei Brak supermarkets to gauge situation first-hand:

At the end of the visit, the Minister said: "The residents of Bnei Brak are exemplary. IDF soldiers will provide all support to the residents of Bnei Brak, our brothers. The situation in Bnei Brak is complex, but to my delight we see a great response from the residents to obey the guidelines."

Bennett says, "Bnei Brak differs in its characteristics from many other places: large families in small apartments, a relatively younger population, a relatively small elderly population, disconnection from Internet, and probably a relatively high degree of coronavirus morbidity. All of us together must make the effort to suit our needs. We will beat the coronavirus."