Zion Zibly says more senior medical staff have contacted him about moving abroad amid societal chasm over government’s judicial overhaul; health minister ‘deeply troubled’ by trend
One of Israel’s leading brain specialists has said he decided to leave the country earlier this year due to what he said were the deep societal divisions caused by the current “extremist” government’s actions, which he contends are beyond repair — while adding that more senior doctors have contacted him, interested in following in his steps.
Zion Zibly, who previously served as the head of the neurological department at Tel Hashomer Hospital, relocated two months ago to the United States, where he has taken up a position at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut.
In an interview Monday with the Kan public broadcaster, Zibly said he was concerned about letting his children grow up in an Israel he said is becoming increasingly undemocratic. His remarks came as thousands of doctors have reportedly expressed interest in relocating abroad due to the government’s efforts to curtail the judiciary.