Disappointment as virus spikes again in Israel

It seems like only yesterday when Israel felt able to lift many of its restrictions as it proudly appeared to be on top of the dreaded,deadly coronavirus.

But look at the tragic situation this week as the Jewish state looks set to impose a second lockdown on many large cities including Jerusalem and Bet Shemesh.

The freedoms gratefully accepted by most citizens who sensibly continued to observe social distancing laws were blatantly abused by those who decided they would hold large prayer gatherings as well as staging functions in complete defiance of government rulings.

It wasnt just the ultra-Orthodox community showing total lack of respect and consideration, with secular Jews also contributing to the sudden upsurge in new cases.

They packed the beaches as well as restaurants and night clubs with the inevitable close contact ensuring the Covid 19 virus would return with a vengeance.

A lesson for us all then and huge disappointment to many of us here hoping to travel to see family and friends but now denied the opportunity for who knows how long.

Unless you donít mind a two- week quarantine period both in Israel and on your return.

Irene Fink,

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