Israel's Election Results Look Like the Coronavirus Never Happened

Lockdowns, quarantines, more than 6,000 deaths, Shin Bet tracking, huge deficits, soaring unemployment and a closed airport did nothing to change Israelis' minds at the polls

Aluf Benn
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The television exit polls show that the main event of the past year – the coronavirus – didn’t influence Israeli voters at all.

What hasn’t happened to us since the last election? Lockdowns, quarantines, more than 6,000 deaths, face masks, cellphone tracking by the Shin Bet security service, huge deficits, soaring unemployment, Saturday night demonstrations and a closed airport. And all this was on top of an intensifying political crisis.

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