Why Was Netanyahu So Quick to Close Israel's Airport?

Israel is the only country in the world to close its airport. Instead of a proportionate, thought-out COVID policy that could have brought about the same result with less damage, Israel chose again to go with a single dramatic, aggressive move

Meirav Arlosoroff
Meirav Arlosoroff
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Meirav Arlosoroff
Meirav Arlosoroff

Last Wednesday, January 20, Israel’s cabinet voted to require everyone entering Israel to show a negative coronavirus test. The decision came after months of discussions, after most advanced nations already started making a negative test a condition for entry, and after MK Naftali Bennett – who called for mandatory testing back during the first lockdown – assailed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over “the failure over the airport loophole.” Netanyahu opponent Gideon Sa’ar joined Bennett’s onslaught last week.

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