Israel will close its only major airport for a week in an effort to combat the proliferation of coronovirus and stymy new variants.
The washington post Reports Israel’s cabinet agreed on Sunday, at least until the end of January, to intercept all those arriving in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport. Cargo flights, medical evacuation and “firefighting flights” will be exempted from governance.
The Prime Minister of Israel said, “No nation has done what we are going to do – we are sealing the country.” Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (BB) Netanyahmore. “We do this to prevent the entry of virus mutations and ensure that we move quickly with our vaccination campaign.”
The rule would extend to Jewish immigrants traveling the country under the law of return, the Post reports.
The more infectious UK version has been detected in Israel, the Post reports, contributing to Israel’s decision to shut itself down from the world. Another new strain has been discovered that originated in South Africa.
The Post notes Israel has contributed to the dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, with 27 percent of the population receiving the first dose. However, the country has received international condemnation for refusing to provide vaccines to Palestinians in its occupied territories.
“The director of Israel and Palestine said,” Today’s reality cannot be vindicated in some parts of the West Bank, where people on one side of the street are receiving vaccines, while on the other side they are not Jewish or Palestinian. “Human Rights Watch (HRW) Omar Shakir in a statement.
“Everyone in the same area, regardless of their ethnicity, should have equal access to the vaccine.”
Palestinian leaders have stated that they do not have funds to pay for coronavirus vaccines. Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has said that Israel is not responsible for providing vaccines to Palestinians, but acknowledged that it would be within Israel’s interests to do so. However, Edelstein said that any vaccine provided to Palestine would come after the vaccination of the Israeli population.