Against the background of the media outcry against the Ministry of Health, which formulated an outline for the entry of thousands of students from abroad, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein claims that the program does not only include ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students and is also accompanied by a meticulous isolation program.
“I got water so far because of the hatred towards the ultra-Orthodox in everything,” said Minister Edelstein in an interview with the “Ofira and Berkowitz” program on News 12.
In his remarks he explained the rationale behind the plan. “I am really opening up after many deliberations, two months of discussions with the Immigration Authority and all the professional staff in the office. I am opening up the possibility for those institutions that have students from abroad and have the possibility of being isolated in boarding schools.”
Minister Edelstein clarified that most of those who enter the country as part of the outline formulated are not ultra-Orthodox at all. “It’s like a ‘journey’ program where thousands of young people come to the country, or a ‘superior’ program designed for thousands of high school students, students at all universities, students in yeshivot and seder yeshivot, the students and yeshivot are just some of the thousands who enter the country.
“It is a pity that I do not have the phone here to show you the blessings I received from the chairman of the agency, from the Naala program, ‘Thank you very much for saving Zionism, for saving the institutions,'” he added.
“The next day I open the paper and see a huge headline 17,000 students to the country, Deri and Litzman’s success, I’m tired of it. I’m just tired, it’s anti-Semitism to its name, people who write it all know better than you and me, they do these things on purpose.”
The health minister claimed that this was anti-Semitism. “It really smells to me that these Jews are spreading diseases. I have no other explanation.”
Critics of the program have tried to argue that only yeshiva students should be required to be isolated. “They will all do isolation,” he clarified. As for reports that the students will be in “short isolation”, the minister said that this is not true and “whoever wrote these things is a criminal”.