Gesher leader Orly Levy-Abecassis.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI)
The Gesher Party will cross the electoral threshold, hold the balance of power and demand the health portfolio, Gesher leader Orly Levy-Abecassis said Sunday at a press conference at Tel Aviv’s Beit Sokolow.
Levy-Abecassis promised to lead “a revolution in healthcare in Israel,” allocating 13 billion shekels over five years for additional beds in hospitals, more doctors and to prevent the health system from crashing.
“Gesher must hold the health portfolio, because Israeli society is sick,” Levy-Abecassis said. “Without healing the health system, a government will not be formed in Israel.”
Levy-Abecassis said Gesher had an extensive work plan to heal the healthcare system. She called for doctors to have a free hand in prescribing cannabis, and complained that Israelis who do not pay for supplemental healthcare are being left behind.
“There are entire populations that aren’t being counted,” Levy-Abecassis said. “People are dying for no reason, and we in Gesher won’t let it continue to happen. If after the election, there isn’t Gesher, there won’t be anyone to fight for these issues.”
In an interview with Channel 12’s Meet the Press program on Saturday, Levy-Abecassis criticized Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and his Kulanu Party.
“Kahlon tried, but the results are disastrous,” Levy-Abecassis said.
Kulanu responded that Levy-Abecassis was just attacking, because her party was not doing well in the polls.
“The fact that she is not crossing the electoral threshold is no reason to lose her manners,” Kulanu said.
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