Israel Returns to Lockdown, Abbas Returns to Negotiations

  • A major source of the outbreak was allowing 250 people to participate in weddings and indoor celebrations.
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has refused to negotiate peace since 2014, says he is now willing to resume peace talks with Israel.
  • The mysterious bomb, which was planted at the Nuclear Plant Natanz in Iran, did damage to three quarters of the centrifuge assembly hall. 

Israel made an attempt to return to normalcy, but due to a great increase in daily infections, Health Minister Yudi Edelstein has called for partial lockdown. After initially crushing the outbreak, Israel, a country with approximately 9 million people, has seen a huge spike of over 1,000 news cases each day.

Mahmoud Abbas is the President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority. He has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since 11 November 2004, and Palestinian president since 15 January 2005 (Palestinian National Authority since 15 January 2005, and State of Palestine since 8 May 2005).

The total infections in the country has surpassed 30,000. Schools are still operating, but infected students and teachers have caused them to close. The students and teachers are then tested for Coronavirus infection.

A major source of the outbreak was allowing 250 people to participate in weddings and indoor celebrations. A shutdown of wedding halls, concert venues, and public pools were among the new restrictions. Restaurants have been limited to 20 indoor diners and 30 outside, while houses of worship have been cut down to 19 attendees.

Israel is beginning lockdowns of several cities with the largest percentage of infections.  Bus transportation will close at 10 PM.  Buses are being restricted to carry up to 30 passengers maximum.  The lockdown is a tremendous inconvenience for the Israeli public. 

After enjoying the freedom given to them, now they are again feeling the pressures of Coronavirus on their daily life. Masks and social distancing were used, but it seems that they can only limit partially outbreak of the virus. The fine for not wearing a mask was raised to 500 shekels. The Coronavirus is affecting the economy with high unemployment. The Israeli government has bailed out ELAL airlines from bankruptcy.

On the political front, an important member of the Ministry of Health, Sigal Sadetsky, announced her resignation.  She is unhappy with the situation, and wants more restrictions. She claims that the government has used a chaotic and ineffective approach toward tackling the crisis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed action regarding annexation of the Jordan Valley. He was encouraged by many world leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Great Britain. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not tell him not to annex, but hinted that maybe now was not the right time.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has refused to negotiate peace since 2014, says he is now willing to resume peace talks with Israel. He made this announcement after consulting with Russian President Vladmir Putin. Abbas, representing the Palestinian Authority, gave a cold answer to President Trump regarding the Deal of the Century, which was an aggressive approach toward ending the Middle East Crisis.

On 2 July 2020, a fire and explosion hit around 2 a.m. local time a centrifuge production plant at a nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz. A group known as the “Cheetahs of the Homeland” claimed responsibility for the attack.

Negotiating peace with Abbas for Israel is another delay on making concrete changes in the borders of Israel and Palestine. Abbas is willing to negotiate peace based on the 1967 borders, which even Yitzhak Rabin was not willing to accept. In the Oslo Accords, the area of the West Bank— which Israel refers to as “Judea and Samaria”— was divided into three parts: A, B, and C.

Areas A & B were given to the Arabs for full and partial autonomy. Area C was reserved for Israeli settlements, which continue to grow. The Deal of the Century was intended to work on the foundation of Oslo and finalize these areas through annexation on both sides a two-state solution.

The mysterious bomb, which was planted at the Nuclear Plant Natanz in Iran, did damage to three quarters of the centrifuge assembly hall.  At first, it was thought that the damage was done through Cyber warfare, but recently it has been connected to a planted bomb on the premises.

The bomb may have been planted by American intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or by Saudi infiltration. This attack on their nuclear plant will delay the process of producing nuclear weapons.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites. www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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