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Israel Set for Police-enforced Lockdown as Number of Virus Cases Climbs

Friday, 20 March 2020 | Israel will enter into a seven-day legally enforced lockdown, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last night, in Israel’s latest effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 within the Jewish state. For the past several days, Israel’s government has issued guidelines requiring people to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to

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Israeli Workforce Suffers as Coronavirus Hits Businesses

Friday, 20 March 2020 | Almost 400,000 people have registered as unemployed in Israel since the start of March as coronavirus restrictions hit businesses hard. Almost 90% of those new claimants were put on unpaid leave and many fear they may never recover financially.  On Wednesday alone, more than 60,000 people applied for assistance—a rate

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Knesset Speaker Adjourns Parliament

Friday, 20 March 2020 | What happened: Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) abruptly adjourned parliament after a few minutes on Wednesday, denying the opposition—which holds a 61-seat majority—the opportunity to vote to replace him and form a majority on the influential Knesset Arrangements Committee. This morning Edelstein indicated that he would convene the full plenum

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Enforcing Compliance with COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions: Psychological Aspects of a National Security Threat

Friday, 20 March 2020 | As the world faces the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19), commentators and national leaders around the world are beginning to recognize it as a genuine national security threat. In human behavior terms, however, the threat is not from an external enemy, but from citizens who refuse to comply with guidelines and

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More Tightened Measures: Israel Closes Borders to Foreigners

Thursday, 19 March 2020 | Every day Israel’s leadership introduces new restrictions in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic within the Jewish state, whose number of confirmed cases spiked to over 500 overnight. On Wednesday night, the Health Ministry announced Israel will be barring entry to all foreign nationals, except for long-term

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Rivlin Expresses Concern over Stalled Parliamentary Work

Thursday, 19 March 2020 | President Rivlin spoke yesterday with speaker of the Knesset [Parliament] about the importance of maintaining ongoing parliamentary activity and was updated on the challenges in light of the corona crisis. The Knesset plenum session was officially closed after less than one minute due to disagreements between the two major factions

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Jerusalem Prepares for Mass Closure against Coronavirus, Says Mayor

Thursday, 19 March 2020 | Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon announced Wednesday he estimates that the government will announce a mass national closure in the coming days to fight the spread of coronavirus, and that his city is prepared for such an eventuality. Leon said it was not a matter of additional guidelines, but a mere

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Palestinians Compare Israel to Coronavirus

Thursday, 19 March 2020 | Despite Israel’s cooperation with the Palestinian Authority [PA] in fighting the coronavirus, the PA has made statements comparing Israel to the deadly virus itself and for weeks didn’t mention Israel’s help at all. On March 16, the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published a cartoon showing an Israeli tank with

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Shutdown Tightens as Number of Corona Cases Climbs

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | Israel has entered what the Health Ministry calls “mandatory lockdown” in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 within the Jewish state. “Do not go outside, unless absolutely necessary,” the Health Ministry’s website warns. Israelis are still allowed outdoors, however, to go grocery shopping, to work or for medical care.

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Setup of “Drive In” Coronavirus Testing Lab Begins

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | Yesterday the Health Ministry started construction of a “drive-in” coronavirus testing center at Ganei Yehoshua (Yarkon) Park’s parking lot in Tel Aviv. Once the center is set up fully, anyone wishing to get tested can drive to the station and hand their DNA sample to the medical staff. They will

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