At the beginning of his speech, Prime Minister Netanyahu confronted several Knesset members from the joint list after expressing condolences over the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Lebanon. Netanyahu called “idle claims” the speeches of Knesset members from the opposition, saying: “As is happening in many countries around the world, we in Israel are also facing the second wave of the corona, and our task is to lower the level of morbidity to interrupt the chain of infection.
“We can interrupt the chain of infection and need to lower the morbidity level by several levels and lead to amputation. This will allow us to open the school year, the economy, return to an almost normal life routine and this is accompanied by one condition that the public and leaders wear masks, maintain distance and hygiene and avoid crowds. Unnecessary. ”
Netanyahu then went on the offensive: “Even if I were to bring a vaccine to Corona and world peace, they would ask me, ‘Why only now?’. My friends on the left, you facts are not interesting, you on the left are all political. Mandate of the left and presented as mass productions – Pike News live. Seven broadcasts in one edition, and the broadcasters with bright eyes, those who reported on the morning radio participate in the evening, mobilized and mobilized media. We are told that leftist demonstrations are spontaneous. “From luxury hotels and top towers, they end up organizing the demonstration and they are going to have breakfast or lunch at the hotel. The opposition in the world is mobilizing in the fight alongside the government, but in Israel it is the other way around.”
During Netanyahu’s speech, MK Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beiteinu), MK Hiba Yizbek (joint list), MK Mai Golan (Likud), MK Katie Sheetrit (Likud) and MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) were removed from the plenum. Netanyahu said in the plenum about MK Avidar: “His hair is on his hair because he is anxious for democracy.”
Opposition leader Yair Lapid spoke after Netanyahu and replied: “” We paid for the chair you are sitting on now. He’s not yours. It belongs to the citizens of Israel. You’re not the landlord here. You’re an employee. I am an employee, all of us, this whole building, employees of the citizens of Israel. You know why the protesters are coming to Balfour because they are the landlords. This is not your home, this is their home, they came to tell you that the contract is over. “
“They will not fire you because they are leftists. They will not fire you because they are anarchists, or disease spreaders, or any of the ugly names you called them. They will fire you for a much simpler reason. Much prose. They will fire you because you do a bad job “Once you did, you are no longer. They will fire you because of the economy, and because they can not stand what you are doing to the political system.”
“No I will replace you – we will replace you. This is the biggest difference between us. I am not alone. Unlike you I am part of a group. From a team perspective. I lead a group that knows how to work together. It’s not just people from my party. It’s from all parties. “This is full of smart and experienced people that I know and like to work with. Yvette, Naftali, people in the Likud, in blue and white. In common. In the ultra-Orthodox parties, there are people I work with excellently.”
“I was on the bridges on Saturday. I walked around the protesters, and I understood what scared you so much. The birth of hope. For the first time in a long time, hope was reborn. They talk about healing. Healing from the disease. Healing for the economy. Healing for disconnection. “The Israeli. We injured ourselves enough. It’s time to start recovering. We will despair ourselves enough. The time for hope has come.”
After Lapid’s speech, Netanyahu stepped up again and the confrontation escalated: “At the time I was considering running for prime minister, I thought of consulting a man I greatly appreciated, his intelligence, his ability to penetrate into the depths of things. I asked my father, the late Prof. Ben-Zion, father, what does a person need to have, a necessary condition, in order for the Prime Minister of Israel to be able to? And he said one word that stunned me. He said that what is essential for the Prime Minister in Israel is education. If he does not have a deep and broad education, he will be a slave to the officials and those around him – Yair Lapid, you were once the camp reporter, today you tweeted the camp. “.
Lapid did not remain obligated and replied: “I pressured you. To come up here and attack me personally is like announcing ‘Guys be careful, he is indeed a legitimate candidate for prime minister’. If your father spoke to you and gave you suggestions on how to be prime minister, maybe he should give you The following suggestion – respect the people around you. “
The chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, MK Avigdor Lieberman, said at the hearing: “In recent weeks there has been an atmosphere of intimidation in the country, all criticism of the government has been answered that incitement can lead to violence. An atmosphere of corruption is also a real danger to any free society. ”
Lieberman, who faced shouts from Likud MKs, quoted Netanyahu in his speech on December 25, 1995, following the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “This speech was written by No. 1 speechwriter Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘I’m just catching myself in the last few weeks and asking myself – what happened here in the country? People are afraid to talk to each other? Looking behind the shoulder? I heard people say they are afraid to talk on the phone. What is it here, communism? A police state? It is forbidden to speak? It is forbidden to demonstrate? It is forbidden to wave signs? ”
Later, Lieberman confronted MKs from the Likud and the ultra-Orthodox factions following a quote from remarks made by Shas chairman Minister Aryeh Deri in the past.
“On May 9, 2020, Deri said: ‘We need to do a very in-depth mental calculation within our public. Unfortunately, about 70% of patients in the entire State of Israel are ultra-Orthodox. Do not count only Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beitar Illit, Elad and Modi’in Illit. “Even within the other cities in the country, anyone who knows the data like me knows that the neighborhoods there are also mostly ultra-Orthodox.” Lieberman responded to the protesters: “You are hypocrites, a coalition of hypocrites.”
Right-wing chairman MK Naftali Bennett said in his speech to the prime minister that Netanyahu refused to meet with him. “40 days ago I asked the head of your bureau for a personal conversation about the corona. I asked again after 20 days. And again. I already gave you on March 29 while I was defense minister an initial confrontation plan and then a confrontation towards a second wave. I have no interest in entering the bloated and opaque government I just want to help. “
Coalition chairman MK Miki Zohar commented on demonstrations in front of the prime minister’s residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem. He said, “The demonstrations in Balfour do not come from a place of concern for the public. The public is smart, internalize that the Israeli public is smart. Why is your number of seats small? For a simple reason – the Israeli public knows to distinguish between good and bad. Hatred is the winning thing and you can not internalize it. ”
MK Zohar warned against going to the polls if an annual budget is not approved soon. He said, “Unfortunately, what I see from a white brush is what is urgent for them is to defend the right to demonstrate, and that is fine, but the right to demonstrate must not be replaced The demonstrations are contagious. It could be a corona incubator, and at the end of the day if we know how to deal with important things like the Israeli economy, public health and the security of the citizens of Israel, we can continue to lead the country for a very long time along with blue and white. “
Meretz’s chairman, MK Nitzan Horowitz, attacked Netanyahu at the beginning of the debate he initiated: “Your actions and failures have made Israel a bright ‘red’ country, both in terms of morbidity and the scale of the economic crisis. The Israeli public will pay for your failures. A person who could have been saved with the right preparation. ”
Horowitz added: “Following your negligence, the number of people infected in Israel has risen to about 75,000 and the number of dead has risen to 550. As of January, she will be required to appear three times a week in the district court and be forced to resign as prime minister. “Law enforcement. Your conduct proves that the prime minister cannot serve an indictment.”
Earlier, right-wing chairman MK Bennett attacked the government in the wake of the Corona crisis: “I am now coming from a tour of shops in Jerusalem. I met a Judaica business owner. He is finished. A 75-year-old man, from this he lives, from this he pays the rent, from this He buys the bread. What did you do in 80 days? Nothing. What did you do in the epidemiological investigations? Nothing.
“Say, are you crazy? What did you do? You are ruining the lives of millions of citizens of the State of Israel. You are killing them, you are killing them from within. Associations and organizations are collapsing. ‘Battle Fund’ employees, ‘Wings of Krembo’, children with disabilities do not get solutions Because you are many among yourselves. Have you gone mad? What more should I do?
“When I was defense minister – I worked on Shabbat. I desecrated Shabbat because it’s mind control. People die, what do you do? Are you crazy? Catch yourself in your hands, understand that we have a dying people, and do not dare blame anyone else. Start working, otherwise not We will have a people, we will not have a country. ”