Gantz accuses Netanyahu of ‘vote-buying’ as ministers discuss lockdown exit

Blue and White leader blasts PM’s plan for cash handouts to citizens; Health Ministry rejects education minister’s bid to further reopen schools

Israelis sit in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv on February 15, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

After failing to make any decisions the previous night, the high-level coronavirus cabinet convened Monday to further deliberate a lockdown exit strategy, with ministers clashing on how soon restrictions could be lifted and Defense Minister Benny Gantz accusing the prime minister of trying to bribe citizens with cash handouts before the coming elections.

Ministers agreed during the meeting on a compromise to move up the reopening of stores, gyms and culture institutions by two days to Sunday, February 21, according to Hebrew media reports.

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