Blue & White’s Plan for Health System Ridiculed by Rivals, Physicians

Blue and White’s plan to rehabilitate Israel’s health system has been ridiculed by political rivals and slammed by physicians who warned of its consequences. Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS on 11 February, 2020

By: TPS Staff

Blue and White’s plan to rehabilitate Israel’s health system has been ridiculed by political rivals and slammed by physicians who warned of its consequences.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Sunday unveiled what he dubbed as Case 5000, a reference to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption cases, in which he alleged that “5,000 people die in Israel each year because of the collapse of the health system.”

He pledged to launch “an emergency plan” for the health system immediately after his government is established.

“For our children, for our parents. We must move forward,” he said on Twitter.

Blue and White’s plan includes the establishment of two new hospitals, one in the north and one in the south, and multi-billion-dollar investment in the system.

Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman ridiculed Gantz for his “sudden interest” in the health system.

“Good morning Benny Gantz! I am glad you remembered that there is a health system in the State of Israel. What you may have forgotten is that in July 2019, Yisrael Beiteinu announced that it would demand the Ministry of Health and for that purpose presented a candidate for the position who is not a politician, but a professional, Prof. Leonid Edelman,” Liberman wrote on Facebook on Monday.

“Your statements about budgets and reforms in the health system are a disrespect to the intelligence of the electorate, just as you did in the previous election when you stated that you would work to establish a secular government, while in practice you have only been courting the ultra-Orthodox parties ever since,” he charged.

Ichilov Hospital director Professor Ronny Gimzo attacked Gantz’s health campaign and said he was “the health system is being used as a political tool.”

“It bothers me the thought that people will see Gantz’s false campaign and be afraid to come to the hospital,” he added.

Officials dismissed Gantz quoted number of 5,000 dead and said it was outdated, and others noted that his budgetary demands were absurd.

Israel has a health system that is considered one of the best in the world.

In an unrelated development, TPS has reported that Gantz and members of his Blue and White party stormed out of the Knesset Plenum during a debate on Monday about the terrorism threat coming from the Gaza Strip, eliciting accusations that he was a “coward” who fled the scene.

The Knesset plenum convened for a special discussion on the “incessant terrorism from the Gaza Strip” following the request of more than 25 Knesset members, during which members of the Blue and White party departed the Knesset plenum before the government had a chance to responds to their accusations.

Before leaving the plenum Gantz asserted that rocket sirens in the south do “not really move [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” and that the residents of the south “are just boring him.”

“Anyone with his head in head understands that Netanyahu is busy with himself and not the citizens of Israel,” Gantz claimed.

He concluded by declaring that because the overwhelming majority of Knesset Members disrespected the meeting by not attending, he would do the same with his faction members.

Immediately at the conclusion of his remarks, Gantz left the plenum, followed by Knesset members from the Opposition.



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