A quarrel erupted between Kahol Lebanon and Likud over the appointment of the Minister of Justice.
Defense Minister Beni Ganz demanded that the matter be tabled, postponing the discussion of the allocation of money for the purchase of a vaccine against the coronavirus. As a result, the meeting was canceled.
“Gantz is preventing the signing of contracts for millions of doses of needed vaccines,” the Likud said in a statement.
Party representatives accused Gantz of “irresponsible actions that threaten the well-being and health of all Israeli citizens.”
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein also criticized the head of Kahol Lavan, saying that the refusal to approve a budget to fight the coronavirus is “a huge detriment.”
“Gantz will set us back months. The health of all citizens is not a bargaining chip for a political fight,” Edelstein resented.
The spat between Likud and Kahol Lavan came just days after government legal advisor Avihai Mandelblitt wrote a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asking him to appoint a permanent justice minister.
According to him, the operation of the Justice Ministry without a permanent minister “is extremely detrimental to the government’s ability to function.