Can Israel's Army Succeed Where Its Politicians Have Failed and Beat COVID-19?

A behind-the-scenes visit to the Israeli army base confronting a new enemy: the coronavirus. Its recently established contact-tracing unit is charged with reaching out to 1,500 potential virus carriers every day 

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On the day after Yom Kippur in 1973, a young special forces officer named Ehud Barak – who had just landed from Stanford – was tasked with forming an armored battalion from scratch with other reservists returning from overseas. It was to be dispatched to Sinai to help relieve the Israel Defense Forces’ units straining under the surprise Egyptian onslaught across the Suez Canal. Battalion 100, as it came to be known, was part of the Israeli fight back and helped turn the tide on the southern front.

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