The Deadly Week-long Heat Wave That Israel Wasn't Ready For

The price of climate change: Israeli authorities were so focused on the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020 that a link between the high death toll and the climate crisis wasn't even investigated. Government bodies are now seeing the light

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Lee Yaron
Lee Yaron

The third week of May 2020 began with cautious optimism. The tough restrictions that had been imposed on the Israeli public in light of the coronavirus outbreak were starting to be rolled back; restaurateurs were on the verge of reopening; and hotels and bed and breakfasts were preparing for a flood of domestic tourism because Israelis couldn’t fly abroad. There were only a few dozen new daily cases of COVID-19.