Monday, December 21, 2020

Netanyahu plans full closure of air travel into Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed Monday morning for a total ban on the entry of foreign nationals to Israel, citing recent outbreaks abroad of a fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus.

Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the Coronavirus Cabinet, Netanyahu said the government was keeping a close watch on developments abroad.

“This mutation is spreading across the world, and we’re looking into its significance.”

Netanyahu proposed reimposing the total ban on air travel into Israel, which was put into place earlier this year, following the first outbreak of the coronavirus.

If adopted, the travel ban would leave nearly all foreign nationals unable to enter Israel. Returning Israeli passport holders would still be permitted to enter the country.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said that Israelis returning from abroad would be required to go into isolation and undergo testing, regardless of what country they had been staying in.

He added that there are no signs at present that the new mutation is resistant to the vaccines now being administered in Isarel.

"There is no evidence that this mutation is resistant to the vaccine."

But, Edelstein added, the infection rate in Israel has continued to rise, and hinted at new restrictions on public activity.

"The fact is that the infection rate is on the rise. In the Coronavirus Cabinet we will see what we as a government need to do in order to ensure that this [new] strain doesn't get to Israel." 




Finally some Sechel said...

The gedolei Eretz Yisroel & virtually all talmidim of R' Aron Kotler, Brisker Rov, Chazon Ish, etc, say to protect against the virus, but the Agudah keep following Philly into deathly oblivion. Go figure

זאת חנוכה תשע"א December 17, 2020

To the Members of the Community: The number of Covid-19 cases in the Greater Toronto Area has sky-rocketed over the past few weeks. As a result, both Toronto and York Region are under lockdown. Our community is not immune. Many people have tested positive for the virus and some of them are suffering terribly.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a genuine סכנה. Of course, having בטחון is essential and תפילה is our greatest weapon. However, the Torah tells us very clearly that in such a situation, ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם. During this Pandemic, that means our השתדלות are to obey Health Care professionals and strictly comply with all Covid-19 restrictions and measures. These include wearing tight-fitting masks, social-distancing, limits on gatherings, etc. Every effort must be made to avoid both חילול השם, and the very real possibility of spreading the virus, ח"ו.

We all look forward to the day when this Pandemic is behind us and families and shuls return to their regular routines. For now, however, we must behave in a manner appropriate to these extraordinary and dangerous times.


Vaad Harabonim of Toronto

Rabbi Dovid Schochet (talmid of R' Aron Kotler)

Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Lowy

Rabbi Yosef Oziel

Finally some Sechel said...

Rav Yaakov Hirschmann attacks Agudah style carelessness & their ridiculous lawsuits against Cuomo.

Talmid of R' Aron Kotler