Cabinet expands state-subsidized health benefits, okays ministry chiefs


The federal government has okayed over 120 new medication and coverings that will likely be sponsored as a part of nation’s healthcare “basket,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced throughout Sunday’s cupboard assembly as ministers additionally authorized the appointment of a number of ministry administrators basic.

Whereas largely centered on the dismissal of Shas chief Aryeh Deri following final week’s Excessive Courtroom ruling barring him from serving as minister, Netanyahu opened the assembly by saying: “Above all, a very powerful factor is well being, so we’ll begin with well being.”

Netanyahu stated the added companies will assist over 350,000 Israelis, which he hailed as “main information.”

He stated the brand new companies will embrace sponsored eyeglasses for kids, superior most cancers therapies, diabetes medicines, an immunization towards herpes zoster (shingles) for many who are in danger or over 65, “and lots of extra.”

Subsidizing the brand new medication and coverings will value round NIS 650 million ($190 million), Netanyahu informed cupboard ministers.

He thanked Deri for advancing the adjustments throughout his temporary tenure as well being minister, in addition to the healthcare “basket” committee and the Well being Ministry for his or her help.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reads a letter to Shas chair Aryeh Deri, informing Deri that he most take away him from ministerial workplace, on the weekly cupboard assembly in Jerusalem, January 22, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

“From well being to safety,” Netanyahu continued, updating the cupboard on his assembly final week with US Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Netanyahu stated the 2 mentioned regional safety and methods to cooperate towards the Iranian menace, which he described as being a prime agenda merchandise for each international locations.

“I used to be impressed that there’s a real and mutual want to achieve understandings on this situation,” Netanyahu stated, “which is of decisive significance to the safety of the state. Discussions on the difficulty will likely be held between Jerusalem and Washington within the coming weeks.”

Shifting on to the financial system, Netanyahu stated Israel had raised two billion {dollars} by promoting authorities bonds to worldwide institutional traders, with demand reaching over $10 billion.

“This utterly contravenes the marketing campaign of worry that the media is main towards the federal government,” he stated, referring to warnings {that a} contentious judicial overhaul and different strikes being pushed by the federal government will hurt the financial system.

“The world truly believes within the State of Israel and within the Israeli financial system,” Netanyahu continued. “It believes within the management of the State of Israel and the proof is the large demand for bonds and the low rate of interest that the State of Israel is paying for them.”

The cupboard additionally prolonged till the top of April the classification of some communities and areas as being of nationwide precedence, a transfer that’s meant to strengthen outlying areas and encourage migration to the periphery.

Later, the cupboard authorized the appointment of Eyal Zamir, a former deputy chief of the army, as director basic of the Protection Ministry. The retired main basic was thought-about twice to guide the Israel Protection Forces, in 2018 and 2022. In the end, nonetheless, the front-running candidates had been chosen as a substitute.

Ronen Levi was authorized as director basic of the Overseas Ministry. Levi crammed numerous positions within the safety institution through the years, together with senior roles within the Shin Guess and within the Nationwide Safety Council (NSC).

In the meantime, earlier than being reluctantly fired by Netanyahu, Deri amended a regulation to allow the Clalit Well being Service to nominate Eli Cohen as its director.

Cohen, to not be confused with Overseas Minister Eli Cohen, has been serving as performing director whereas his formal appointment was held up for months as a result of his spouse additionally holds a senior place at Clalit.

Present rules required Cohen’s spouse to depart her place for him to be appointed director of the group, which Clalit requested Deri to amend, paving the way in which for his appointment on Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with then outgoing army secretary to the prime minister, Main Common Eyal Zamir, on the Prime Minister’s Workplace in Jerusalem, on September 8, 2015. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Additionally in Sunday’s cupboard assembly, Public Safety Minister Itamar Ben Gvir issued a requirement for the destruction of what he stated had been six unlawful constructions constructed by Palestinians over the past month in West Financial institution areas totally managed by Israel, in addition to the unlawful Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin encampment.

Ben Gvir’s demand got here after the evacuation and destruction of an unlawful Jewish settlement outpost within the northern West Financial institution on Friday, which angered the ultra-nationalist events within the coalition and led to a public showdown between Protection Minister Yoav Gallant and Spiritual Zionism chief Bezalel Smotrich.

Jeremy Sharon and Stuart Winer contributed to this report. 

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