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A coronavirus testing facility in central Israel
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A coronavirus testing facility in central Israel

Gantz asks Bennett to remove gag order from coronavirus meetings

All minutes for dedicated ministerial panel were put under 30-year disclosure ban following protocol amendment; defense minister says disclosure will help rebuild public trust in gov't

Yoav Zitun |
Published: 06.16.21, 22:09
Defense Minister Benny Gantz Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to remove the 30-year gag order that was placed on minutes from the coronavirus cabinet's meetings last year.
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  • The order was put in place following an amendment to government protocols.
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    A coronavirus testing facility in central Israel
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    In a letter to Bennett, Gantz wrote that "throughout the months of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, public confidence in government decisions was eroded. At that time, partial publications from the discussions based on repeated leaks were exposed to the public.
    The defense minister noted that he had made a similar request to then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last February, who refused.
    Gantz added that the new government was formed "on the basis of improving the public trust in the government's work and its elected representatives," saying that such a measure would help the public being better exposed to cabinet decisions and the conduct of government ministers.
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    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
    Also on Wednesday, the new government approved the composition of the security cabinet in a telephone vote.
    The cabinet will be made up of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Justice Minister Gideon Saar, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, Housing Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana and Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton.

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