LISTEN: Why Bibi Won't Stand Up to ultra-Orthodox COVID Scofflaws

As the pandemic forces Israel to close its airspace, the prime minister still refuses to pay the price needed to make Haredim toe the Coronavirus line.

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Israeli police enforcing Coronavirus restrictions in Jerusalem in 2020.
Israeli police enforcing Coronavirus restrictions in Jerusalem in 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Amos Harel and Noa Landau to discuss the latest in Israel's battle against the Coronavirus, which is being expanded to include a ban on nearly all incoming and outgoing flights.

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Why Bibi won't stand up to ultra-Orthodox COVID scofflaws: LISTEN

We ask: Why does the prime minister refuse to crack down on violations of the Coronavirus restrictions in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community? Why do Israeli cops seem incapable of enforcing the restrictions without resorting to violence? And why is the government refusing to declassify the protocols of cabinet meeting at which the country's pandemic response was discussed?

PLUS: Is a Bibi-Biden clash just around the corner and who gets to decide what constitutes antisemitism?

Recommended related reading:

As Biden Pushes Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel Puts Military Option Back on the Table / Amos Harel

How Israel Is Harming the War on Antisemitism / Noa Landau

A Time of Reckoning for Israel's Haredi Public Opinion Leaders: ‘We Are Guilty’ / Aaron Rabinowitz

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