MK Shasha-Biton intends to raise the issue today in committee, despite strong opposition from Likud : "Works for the public interest"
Exclusive: " Israel Today" has learned that if one of the members of the Corona Committee demands to hold a vote today (Monday) during the conference 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. May take a surprising step. 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 also sees in front of her eyes only the best interests and public interest.
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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 threatened today (Monday) to oust MK Yifat Shasha-Bitton from her position as chair of the Corona Committee, if she works to overturn the government's decisions regarding the closure of gyms and swimming pools. "If the chairman of the Corona committee does not draw 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. "
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 swimming pools.