Bennett Wanted to Teach Israel's Health Officials a Lesson, but His Odd UN Rebuke Backfired

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Yossi Verter
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Senior Health Ministry officials sat in front of their televisions on the eve of the Simhat Torah holiday and watched Prime Minister Naftali Bennett make them a second Yom Kippur. They were shocked. The disagreements between them over COVID policy were known, but the daily meetings, sometimes more than once a day, were always businesslike and pleasant. Bennett is a gentleman, said a health system official who attended these meetings regularly.

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