The Prime Minister spoke during a visit to the Vaccine Center in Sderot • "I expect everyone to put politics aside and mobilize as one man, both for the health measures we need to take and for the economic measures" • Interior Minister Deri ordered those concerned to prepare for the hermetic closure of all border crossings
Netanyahu during the speech in Sderot // Photo: Liron Moldoven
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Wednesday) pledged to enforce and extend the closure, as part of the fight against the Corona virus, and to close the overland crossings, in a special speech in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Speaking during a visit to a vaccination center in Sderot, Netanyahu said: "On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I would like to emphasize that the policy I am pursuing is clear: we will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons. I say this to enemies and friends alike, it is our top mission to preserve life here. The life of our country.
"We are defending ourselves against the mutation. The British mutation is raging in the world and it also entered Israel. We managed to stop it, we have to take it down and ensure that no new mutations enter that we do not even know. To that end we have determined two things: one - closure. I will enter tomorrow. The government and I will pass the proposal of the Ministry of Health to the government to extend the closure, we will decide according to the level of morbidity how long, "the prime minister added.
Netanyahu continued: "The second thing - we will extend the sealing of our borders. We are the first in the world to close the borders and not allow any commercial flights to enter the State of Israel. I will now add the disconnection of land access including Jordan roads.
We have brought an economic plan to help both businesses and citizens. I expect everyone to put politics aside and mobilize as one man, both for the health measures we need to take and for the economic measures. "
Along with the Prime Minister's remarks, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has already instructed those concerned to close the land border crossings between Israel and its neighbors.