Netanyahu Caved to the ultra-Orthodox, Paving Way to Third COVID Lockdown

Beleaguered Israeli PM, scrambling to appease his allies and double down on his scapegoats, looks set to make the same mistake of a rushed exit from Israel's coronavirus lockdown. This time, he may not survive

Amos Harel
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Four weeks of general lockdown in Israel, which would have been better to be able to avoid, are ending with a clear outcome – the number of confirmed new infections is down by 70 percent, to 2,000.

Now, almost as a rerun of events at the end of the first lockdown in May, the coronavirus cabinet and the wider cabinet are loosening restrictions rapidly and extensively. They’re trying to repair some of the closure’s damage to the economy, not to mention to mental health.

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