Israel will close its only major airport for a week in an effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and thwart the new variables that appear.
Washington Post Reports That the Israeli cabinet agreed on Sunday to suspend all arrivals and departures from Ben Gurion International Airport until at least the end of January. Cargo flights, medical evacuation and “firefighting flights” will be excluded from the rule.
The Israeli Prime Minister said: “No country has done what we are about to do – we are tightly closing the country.” Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu. “We are doing this to prevent virus mutations from entering and to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign.”
The rule will be extended to Jewish immigrants who travel to the country under the Law of Return, the newspaper reported.
The most contagious British variant of the Coronavirus was discovered in Israel, the Washington Post reported, which contributed to Israel’s decision to isolate itself from the world. Another new breed has been discovered that is believed to have originated in South Africa.
The Washington Post reports that Israel has excelled in administering doses of the Pfizer Corona virus vaccine, with 27 percent of its population receiving the first dose. However, the country has received international condemnation for its refusal to provide vaccines to Palestinians in the occupied territories
“Nothing can justify today’s reality in parts of the West Bank, where people on one side of the street receive vaccinations, while the others on the other side, depending on whether they are Jews or Palestinians,” said the director of Israel and Palestine at (Human Rights Watch) Watch) Omar Shaker, a statement.
“Everyone in the same area should have equal access to the vaccine, regardless of race.”
Palestinian leaders have stated that they do not have the funds to pay for coronavirus vaccines. Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that Israel is not responsible for providing vaccines to the Palestinians, but acknowledged that it would be in Israel’s interest to do so. However, Edelstein stated that any vaccines provided to Palestine will come after the residents of Israel are vaccinated.