Israel Roundup — Lockdowns Hardening, Palestinians Easing

  • Israel is entering a crisis with increased Corona deaths and infections
  • A night time lockdown is being tried in forty Israeli cities
  • Netanyahu will attend the Sept 15 signing of their agreement with UAE in Washington

Israel was one of the first nations to lockdown, and in the first wave of Coronavirus, they were leading the world in fewest cases. Since their economy was in danger of breakdown from their lockdown, they began to normalize opening up businesses, schools, synagogues, wedding halls, restaurants, and malls, almost totally restoring normal Israeli life.

Health Care Workers at Rambam hospital in Haifa.

The Israeli people were given orders by the Ministry of Health to wear masks, maintain social distance, and wash hands regularly. Many Israelis were careful about following the instructions of the Ministry of Health, but others became lenient, until today.

There is a second wave similar to the first wave, which initially struck America and Europeans countries. There are now 1,048 deaths, 472 people are hospitalized in serious condition, and 140 are on ventilators. After making 44,000 tests 8% have been reported positive.

There have been 9,751 new cases in less than a week. For a small country of fewer than 10 million people, these numbers are extraordinarily high, demanding the Ministry of health take action immediately.

The Ministry of Health and Coronavirus Czar Ronni Gamzu have ordered a partial lockdown in an attempt to lower the number of infections before having to make a total lockdown, which could seriously damage the economy.

Israel is entering the holiday season. New Year’s Day is on September 19. The holidays will extend for a period of three and a half weeks, in which Jews will gather in numbers to celebrate in synagogues and at parties in their homes.

Gamzu has divided the nation in four traffic light colors. Forty cities in both Arab and Israeli areas are “Red,” highly infected. Brown light areas are less infected, but at a dangerous level which could reach red. Yellow light areas have milder restrictions, and green light areas have the least restrictions.

The wearing of masks, social distancing, and limits on public gatherings apply to all locations. The Red Light areas have imposed a night lockdown from 7:00 PM–5:00 AM.

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a signing ceremony on September 15 for the Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and United Arab Emirates. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Zayid al-Nahyan will lead the two nations in the ceremony.  

Arab league ministers meeting in Cairo.

This is one of the accomplishments for which President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Palestinian Authority has lightened their stand on the UAE-Israel normalization agreement.

PA Leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered a ban on any offensive statements or actions toward Arab leaders, including those of UAE. He will be meeting Wednesday to discuss the peace accord at an Arab league meeting in Cairo.

There is a disagreement between Israeli and Palestinians in the city of Hebron, where the Tomb of the Patriarchs is located, which includes Abraham, revered by both Muslims and Jews. 

The argument is over the plan to build an elevator to enter the Tomb for disabled people in wheel chairs. The tomb is sacred to the Arabs, and they feel that it is not necessary and will desecrate the holiness of the place.

Israel has gone further in developing the use of plasma for healing Coronavirus cases who are hospitalized and in serious condition. The trials have been positive, employing the antibodies of those already infected to save their brothers, the true meaning of brotherhood.

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David Wexelman

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

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