The atmosphere was so severe that the nation entered a coronorous lockdown on the eve of Rash Hasnah on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, causing no escape.
A meme making the rounds showed desperate hands flying high out of the sea in a deep blue sky, along with the traditional greeting of “Shana Tova” a good year.
The greeting was felt hollow as Israel entered the year 5781 as the first country on Earth to impose a second national lockdown.
Alone in small house pods, unable to gather or pray at gatherings, and confused by the government’s constantly evolving, often contradictory guidelines, Israelis find themselves isolated, angry, and disillusioned.He did not feel this way in early March, when Israel went into its first lockdown. In late January, the nation, which began to close its borders, appeared to be in tight control of the health crisis. The collected Passover and Easter seasons were greeted with rigor and even some good humor.
In late May, after the third inconclusive Israeli election of less than a year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established an uneasy team-rival coalition to keep him in power for the next 18 months, which he called the “Corona Emergency Coalition” said.
His government’s handling of COVID-19 caused only 250 deaths and was so praised that even countries with Israeli diplomatic relations did not try to emulate its success.
Three months later, tiny Israel, with a population of 9.2 million people — has a world record for which no country wants: the number of new cases per COVID-19.
“I will go to Abu Dhabi. If we already had direct flights, I would go there to avoid lockdown.“
During the weeks in which Israel waged the best of the worst to hand over the novel Coronovirus, Netanyahu blamed the Spiraling Fisco on the public, on his rival-political-partner Benta Gentz, and on Ronnie Gamzu. His recently appointed Corona Caesar, whose advice has usually been ignored by a government influenced by ideas of rivalry and communal coalitions.
It was expressed nationally by Hiba Abu Mucha, a laboratory scientist interviewed by Israeli Radio.
Abu Mach, one of Israel’s most prestigious academic institutions, graduated with technicality, Abu Mach said, “I have two degrees in medical science, ten years of experience in the field, I’m hard to find.” I can see the house. ” All for an hourly salary of $ 12.50. ”
“No new positions are opening up,” she continued, “operations are being canceled, patients are not being discharged from the hospital, coronovirus is raging, and the Director General of the Ministry of Health flew Abu Dhabi. ”
Instead of bringing the COVID-19 crisis under control, Netanyahu presided over the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, a major series of diplomatic coup that was celebrated at the White House earlier this week.
But Ashu, the plush inviting capital, Abu Dhabi, which never happened before on a trip to Israel, feels farther than ever for hardworking parents, who gave their children a two-week stay on 1 September Was sent back to school for tenure. .
The reopening of schools in early summer is believed to be the trigger that set off Israel’s deadly second wave. Israel is now seeing astronomy growth of new COVID-19 infections, which currently stand at about 6,000 new cases a day.
Splattering among ministers defining the policy, no one knows how the school year will begin after the month of Jewish High Holi, which ends in mid-October.
“I will fly towards Abu Dhabi,” said Farah Fahan, owner of a hardware store on Hebron Road, Jerusalem’s major artery. “If we already had a direct flight, I would have gone there to avoid lockdown.”
Netanyahu and Trump have ushered in a new era of direct flights between Tel Aviv and the previously inaccessible Arab capitals, but as airlines struggle to survive and with COVID-19 fury, they have yet to Has not been imposed.
The new lockdown enforces house-to-house orders on all Israelis, allowing citizens to move about half a mile from their accommodation when necessary things such as food or medicine are needed.
Fahan’s losses are significant. His income in the summer of 2020 was 53 percent lower than in the summer of 2019, after his landlord refused to reduce rent, he made short national plans to help save small businesses and for any of City Hall Was not eligible. Only 25 percent reduction in Jerusalem’s heavy municipal tax.
“It’s very hard,” he says. His location in Abu Tor – an equally divided neighborhood between Jewish and Arab residents who enjoy DIY home improvements – used to be an advantage, but he now has a hobby with high rents and expenses and “people just don’t give up” Are “their houses, and when they do, they have no money.” They buy a battery. ”
Meanwhile, Netanyahu is growing rapidly in the economy under pressure from coronovirus-related layoffs and recession, and often under the banner of “Minister of Crime” is running a swelling protest movement demanding his resignation.
Netanyahu called the protesters “leftist anarchists”. On Friday, the Black Flag movement that sparked the protests flew a drone over Tel Aviv’s grand and now-vacant Rabin Square, where they featured the words “Lockdown is BB’s fault” in large letters.
Police also took to the air, posting a video showing Israeli highways roaming down, almost completely empty.
Retired General Yakov Emidor, Netanyahu’s former national security adviser and a column of Israel’s right-wing security establishment, described the agreement with the UAE as “something disproportionately good for Israel”, but acknowledged that if political instability persists, So “Netanyahu’s problem will not remain” be Middle East, it will be middle class. “