After an alarming summer during which the spread of COVID-19 in Israel got out of hand, the country is entering a second nationwide lockdown in a desperate attempt to stop the health care system from collapsing.
The latest lockdown is being met with fierce resistance from many Israelis, who are worried about its economic impact and have lost trust in their government. Some critics claim the real reason for the lockdown is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to shut down the wave of protests against him that has been steadily growing over the past three months.
Watch our in-depth Zoom briefing with senior defense analyst Amos Harel and senior reporter Judy Maltz. The event took place on Wednesday, September 23.
Amos Harel, who has covered countless wars and military operations over the years, will talk about his transition to covering the biggest health crisis in the history of Israel, and the Israeli military’s attempts to fix the failures caused by the government. He will also talk about how a COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza could lead to renewed violence, and what Israel is doing to prevent its northern border from igniting.
Judy Maltz, who has been covering the anti-Netanyahu demonstrations in Israel in recent months, will talk about how the coronavirus crisis and the economic collapse have caused young Israelis to take to the streets for the first time in a decade. She will also discuss the impact of Israel’s decision to close its borders to the rest of the world on ties between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.
The conversation was moderated by Amir Tibon, who recently returned to Israel after three years as Haaretz correspondent in Washington.