The Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, one of the main people responsible for responding to the coronavirus pandemic, resigned Tuesday after the appointment of a new owner of the portfolio under the Government of Unity takes office on Thursday .
“I am proud of my years as Director General (of the Ministry) and, in particular, of coping with the Coronavirus crisis,” he said in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before adding that he would remain in office until he was elected.
The announcement came days after the government approved its recommendations against reducing the pandemic restrictions in the country, under criticism of him for being too strict a position.
However, Siman-Tov, who was infected with the virus during the pandemic, defended his actions and stressed that “the facts speak for themselves”. “There is no excessive coronavirus mortality rate. Thousands of lives have been saved from the outset through good behavior and appropriate measures,” he said.