“Israel is experiencing a health crisis that cannot be appropriately managed without parliamentary oversight,” said MK Avi Nissenkorn on Tuesday. He said that against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, the Blue and White Party is working to establish a parliamentary committee to deal with the issue as soon as the plenary convenes this coming Monday.
“This worsening crisis requires all Knesset members to put politics aside and to work together for the health of Israeli citizens and the protection of our economy,” Nissenkorn said. “I call upon all faction heads to support this initiative.”
Prof. Avishai Ellis, secretary of the Internal Medicine Association, echoed Nissenkorn's sentiments in a letter he penned to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White head Benny Gantz asking them to “put aside political disputes at a time like this and work together to establish a Knesset health committee next week!"
The Knesset plenary is scheduled to come together next Monday, March 16, for its swearing in ceremony. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, media has been uninvited to the event. In addition, families and other supporters were asked not to attend due to threat of infection.