Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday called for an immediate halt in plans to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines in Israel to various countries, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of acting without oversight or transparency.
In a letter to the premier, Gantz said the decision to share vaccines was made without “discussions in the relevant forums.” He also questioned Netanyahu’s claim that Israel has surplus vaccines to give away.
“We are talking about a significant diplomatic and security decision, and in accordance with that, it needs to be approved according to procedures established by law,” Gantz said.
Gantz demanded the matter be taken up by the country’s security cabinet.
“This is not the first time that significant security and diplomatic decisions are made behind the backs of the relevant officials, with possible harm to the security of the state, foreign relations and rule of law,” Gantz added in an apparent reference to Netanyahu’s decision to leave Blue and White in the dark regarding last year’s normalization deals with Arab countries prior to their announcement.
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