Heated exchange between Netanyahu, Gantz in Coronavirus Cabinet

Gantz: We're driving the public crazy. Netanyahu: Don't tell me what is or isn't crazy.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Netanyahu and Gantz
Netanyahu and Gantz
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A heated confrontation broke out tonight, Wednesday, between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz over of the Prime Minister's intention to tighten the lockdown.

Gantz protested the request to tighten the lockdown and told the prime minister: "we are driving the public crazy." Netanyahu shouted at him, "You will not tell me what is crazy or not crazy."

"According to a report by Kan News, Netanyahu said, "We are in a situation where our current lockdown is less effective than March-April. We have a problem. We need to tighten the lockdown now."

Gantz replied that the main problem is in public trust and not in the strength of restrictions. "I suggest as we agreed that all the teams sit down and make a proposal. Our problem is in persuasion and not in tightening. Whoever is not listening now, it will not help if we tighten restrictions."

Netanyahu replied, "There will be a team and I will ask for two alternatives. If the lockdown is ineffective, then we will not be able to talk about an exit strategy." Minister Yuval Steinitz added that in his opinion, leaving the house should be limited to a maximum of 200 meters, as opposed to the current 1,000 meter limit.

When Gantz replied that this would drive the public crazy, Netanyahu was furious. "You will not tell me what is crazy or not crazy. It is permissible to see the data and change the approach. If the lockdown does not work it does not work," he lashed out.

The defense minister replied, "You have to ask why it is not working. It has nothing to do with going to a distance of 500 or 100 meters."