Lapid: 'Coronavirus law' puts democracy in danger

Yesh Atid leader warns law gives too much power to Prime Minister Netanyahu, 'gives a criminal absolute power overt the police.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
Knesset channel

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid attacked the 'Coronavirus law' which the Knesset is expected to approve Monday afternoon, calling the legislation a danger to democracy.

"The biggest threat to the State of Israel is not the coronavirus. The biggest threat to the State of Israel is that we stop being a democracy," Lapid argued.

He said, "There has never been anything like this. In our worst times, the Yom Kippur War, in the biggest economic crises, we have maintained Israeli democracy."

"After all the clashes and statements about a unity government, a replacement prime minister, all the powers in this law will be with one person: Binyamin Netanyahu. Section 38 of the law says: 'The prime minister is charged with the implementation of this law and may make regulations for its implementation.' What regulations? Any one he wants," Lapid warned.

"He is alone. There is no Knesset. There is no Cabinet. There is no government. There is no alternate prime minister. All the talk of equality is trash. One person. There has never been anything like this - never," he added.

"It is a law that gives a criminal absolute power over the police. The possibility of entering people's homes is in this law. It is a myth that they have abolished it. It can prohibit people from protesting against it. It will determine, it appears in the law, it will determine what 'reasonable use of force to prevent gatherings," he noted.

"This is a law that defines a three-front war emergency. In the Gulf War missiles were fired at Israel, and there were 10 emergency regulations. Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, 70 emergency regulations have already been installed. In all of those 70 regulations, there is not a single word for the self-employed. It is all about the powers Netanyahu demanded and received. I have no expectations from this government, but the Knesset should prevent the approval of these regulations. The Knesset cannot agree to revoke all of its powers and pass them on to one person," Lapid concluded.