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Senior Likud official: "Shasha-Bitton suspended for a limited time as chairman of the Corona Committee" | Israel Today

2020-07-14T11:01:46.036Z

| In the countryAfter the chairman of the committee supported the lifting of restrictions on the gym, contrary to the position of the prime minister and the ministers, it was decided to suspend it from its position. : "If I pay a price - I agree with it" First political crisis in the emergency government? The Likud says this afternoon (Monday) that it will be decided to suspend MK Shasha-Bitton from its position...



After the chairman of the committee supported the lifting of restrictions on the gym, contrary to the position of the prime minister and the ministers, it was decided to suspend it from its position. : "If I pay a price - I agree with it"

First political crisis in the emergency government? The Likud says this afternoon (Monday) that it will be decided to suspend MK Shasha-Bitton from its position as chairman of the Knesset's Corona committee, after supporting the opening of the gyms, contrary to the opinions of the ministers and the prime minister, with whom it was scheduled for noon.

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A senior Likud source said: "Unfortunately, Yifat Shasha Bitton succumbed to pressure from lobbyists who represented the gyms. Therefore, she did not even agree to close for 24 hours. All health ministry experts warned that gyms are a real danger of infection because the virus also sweats and masks do not give. In such a situation, it is not possible to move to the agenda and therefore she will be suspended from her position for a while. She convened today (Monday) to point out the restrictions decided by the government last week, including the issue of opening gyms and public swimming pools. The committee voted, contrary to the government's position. Government restrictions, with a waiver in such a way as not to apply to swimming pools and gyms.Repeat vote on the issue will be held at 15:00.

The Koruna Committee approved by a majority of 7 to 1 the opening of the swimming pools and gyms, when shortly before, the chairman of the Koruna Committee, MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton, was summoned to the Prime Minister's Office for a meeting during which she was asked not to advance the move. At the convening cabinet meeting it was decided that the gyms would not be opened and finally as stated, the Corona Commission reversed the decision, with the final authority being itss under the law.

Shortly after the vote, Coalition Speaker MK Miki Zohar was heard shouting at MK Shasha-Bitton that "your story is over" and on the other hand she responded to him "you will not teach me how to behave". Later, MK Zohar asked to convene the Knesset committee so that it would indicate the removal of MK Shasha-Bitton, who, as stated, voted against the position of the prime minister and the government. Sources in blue and white have sent a message that this is an internal matter of the Likud, and therefore will not oppose Bitton's removal.

Yifat Shasha Bitton told Israel Today: "I have chosen what is right to do professionally, what maintains the balance between our duty and public health and the duty to maintain the economy. If I have to pay the price, I agree with it. Go with my truth. 

I spoke with my people. "Professionals, they say we are not in a place that states that we must close completely. In the data of the Ministry of Health see that there is no significant morbidity in gyms. I turn to the public and plead and say he must help me in this fight, he must maintain all guidelines. It is the most important tool."

At the special cabinet meeting convened today, to approve the second part of the economic plan to deal with the Corona damage, it was decided that at this point, the gyms would remain closed, but the pools would be opened. Netanyahu's office said in a statement that "the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health have decided to formulate a special strict purple mark to reduce the crowds around the pools, thus opening the indoor pools while increasing enforcement in these places. The gyms will remain closed and economically compensated accordingly."

Israel Today previously learned that if one of the members of the Corona Committee demands that a vote be held today on each section of the order that will be brought to the committee's approval separately, the committee's chairman, MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton of the Likud, will vehemently oppose it and may take a surprising step. . The committee meeting is delayed, and the parties are apparently trying to formulate a decision that will get a majority in the committee vote. 

The order that will be brought to the committee's approval specifies a long list of issues, including the issue of opening gyms and public swimming pools. Shasha-Bitton seeks to exclude in the decision only the pools and gyms, in that the closure order will not apply to them and can be opened, while on the other sections of the order she will be required to vote together without making any further exceptions. In addition, Shasha Bitton's entourage said that she rejects the criticism leveled against her as well as the threats that would oust her from her position, and she also sees before her eyes only the best interests and public interest.

The Knesset's Corona Committee is expected to convene today at 1:00 PM to approve the opening of the swimming pools and gyms. The committee's chairman, MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton of the Likud, will ask the committee to exclude the public swimming pools and gyms from the order so that they can be opened to the user public.

Earlier it was reported that due to disagreements over the opening of the pools and gyms, a senior Likud official today threatened to oust MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton as chair of the Corona Committee, if she works to overturn government decisions regarding the closure of gyms and swimming pools. "The Corona committee will not straighten a line - we will replace it," said the senior Likud official, in a line that apparently marks the Likud line on the issue.

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After a heated debate that developed into screams in the Knesset corridors, last night the chairman of the Corona committee, MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton from the Likud, decided to postpone this afternoon's vote on reopening the gyms and public pools. Now, it appears that due to increasing pressure and recently published morbidity data, the government is expected to approve the opening of gyms and pools today.

MK Shasha-Bitton, who supports this, said last night that she intends to persuade Prime Minister Netanyahu until tomorrow's debate to repeal the clauses related to restrictions on gyms and pools.

Over the past five weeks, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health itself, only 35 have been infected in gyms, 21 in restaurants, six in pubs and 170 in weddings. These figures angered those present on the committee. 

At the beginning of the discussion, MK Shasha-Bitton said that she would not make "decisions or restrictions imposed on the committee out of gut feeling." She said, "There is one principle that we are not willing to give up, and that is to understand the logic behind the decisions, especially in swimming pools and gyms. . Last week, we managed to bring a compromise outline on the issue of restaurants. "

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Opposition Knesset members also opposed the approval of regulations passed by the government. MK Yulia Malinowski, from Yisrael Beiteinu: "The arbitrary decision made by the government to close the gyms, pools and restaurants is unacceptable." On the other hand, the representative of the Ministry of Health replied that "the public pools were closed not only in Israel but also in other countries. A pool is not just the water of the pool, it is also when you sit on its edge. "

Some committee members puzzled Dr. Emilia Ennis, a representative of the Ministry of Health, "Do you recommend closing public pools only based on closures abroad, and why did the pools not enter the source of the infection?". To which she replied: "I have no data." 

Dr. Ennis stressed that she does not want to give data regarding those infected in the pools until there is unequivocal proof that the infection was in the pool. "After the eruption, it will be very difficult to stop the spread." 

MK Miki Levy Mish Atid revolted: "If you close the economy from the panic, we will have an economic corona, and it is all the more severe. 35 were infected in gyms out of about a million subscribers. Make inquiry and vote on the gym one point he could not rules, and issue him an order closing. " 

Stella Weinstein, a chain gyms, burst into tears hearing and said:" I would like you to understand that 140 thousand families remain without a livelihood. "The Association of Public Health Physicians recommended yesterday when The opening of the swimming pools 



, in which Daniel Roth-Avnery participated in the preparation of the article

Source: israelhayom

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