Israel Roundup: Coronavirus Medicine Coming, Israel Election Monday

  • In April, they will begin the second phase of testing, which will be speeded up rapidly because of the present danger of the spread of coronavirus.
  • Polls have Likud with a one seat advantage over central left Blue and White, but well short of a majority.
  • The Israel courts have given further rights to same sex couples.

Israel bio-pharmaceutical company Gilead located in Hod Sharon, has announced that the first tests of a medicine against coronavirus has passed with success. Soon, they will be testing hundreds of sick people with moderate to severe cases.  The medicine is called Remdisevir.

The city of Quneitra near the Israeli Syrian border on the Golan Heights.

In the first phase of tests, the medicine was given in various measures to determine if it will cause side effects. It has already been proven to prevent spread of MERS. In April, they will begin the second phase of testing, which will be speeded up rapidly because of the present danger of the spread of coronavirus.

The American company Moderna is also working on a vaccine which was developed in just 42 days. Israel has taken precautions to prohibit travel to and from Italy, including the Asian nations already listed.  Those returning from Italy will be required self-quarantine for 14 days.

Elections will be held Monday, March 2. Polls have Likud with a one seat advantage over central left Blue and White. The right-wing bloc led by Likud has 58 seats. Likud, according to these polls, will have 35 seats, and Blue and White, headed by Benny Gantz, has 34.  This will still leave Likud’s bloc three mandates short of reaching the majority of 61.

The United Arab List will come in third with 14 mandates.  The three main left parties will score only eight potential seats. The two ultra-orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism have eight each, and the religious Zionist party Yamina 7 mandates.

The Tel Aviv Pride Parade.

Avigdor Lieberman, with his Yisrael Beiteinu party, again can help Likud reach the majority, since he will potentially receive 6 mandates.  The chances of making a national unity government are small, since Gantz and Netanyahu still have not been able to negotiate a united coalition.

Things have returned to normal in the south, after fire form 80 rockets were fired on Israeli settlements from Gaza. Israel has again opened its border crossing and extended fishing rights in their seas. The conflict began when a Gazan terrorist attempted to plant bombs on the Gaza fence and was killed. His body was taken by Israel, which caused 20 rockets.

Israel retaliated with bombing Palestinian Islamic Jihad offices in Damascus. Later this week, Syria claimed that an Israeli drone fired on its soldiers located in the Golan Heights.  One soldier was killed in a vehicle. Israel also attacked through the air this week another location used for storage for weapons from Iran.

The Supreme Court of Israel, in a controversial issue, ruled to give same sex couples access to surrogacy. Before this decision, the current surrogacy law excluded same sex couples and single men to use the services of a surrogate mother to become parents in Israel.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites. www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
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