Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the proverbial bull by the horns on Wednesday in a news briefing held at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem, and told reporters bluntly, “We are in a global pandemic. They do not call it this but this is the truth and it needs to be said.”
The briefing was held after Netanyahu held a discussion with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and a host of other top officials on continued preparations to deal with the growing spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Israel.
The head of the National Security Council, the Acting Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Director General of the Health Ministry, the Director General of the Population and Migration Authority, the Director General of Magen David Adom and other senior officials were also present at the discussion.
Following is a transcript of the prime minister’s remarks:
“Together with the Health Minister and the professional team, I have just completed another discussion on our handling of the corona crisis. I say ‘crisis’ but it must be understood that we are in the midst of a global pandemic. They do not call it this but this is the truth and it needs to be said.