Securitization and Politics in the Israeli COVID-19 Response   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "While countries around the world continue to wrestle with how best to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel acted quickly to contain the virus, a decision that has resulted in comparatively better results than countries in Europe and North America. As a virtual island with few entry points, Israel closed its borders on March 9, 2020, and has, in stages, instituted fairly rigorous social distancing and economic restrictions. These actions were carried out originally under the 'People's Health Law,' which is based on British Mandatory regulations from 1940 and grants the Health Ministry wide powers to preserve public health. Because of Israel's continued political crisis, most policy steps have not been brought before the Knesset, but imposed through government decrees under Israel's state of emergency, in place since 1948. The population has by and large obeyed the decrees and, out of a population of 8.6 million, there have so far been approximately 11,000 confirmed cases and 110 deaths. The crisis in Israel is cresting currently in the ultra-Orthodox community, which was late in adopting social distancing behavior."

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