ISRAEL - End of Most Pandemic Rules

Arno Froese

On the first day of June, nearly all pandemic-related restrictions came to an end in Israel due to rapidly falling rates of Covid-19 infection.

As of May 24, group travel resumed and individual foreigners are expected to be allowed into Israel sometime in July. Travelers still need a Covid test upon leaving or entering Israel, and quarantine is mandatory for those testing positive.

“I was surprised to hear that the Ministry of Health decided these restrictions would all be lifted June 1,” said Calderon-Margalit, a professor of epidemiology at the Hebrew University School of Public Health and Hadassah Medical Center.

Calderon-Margalit noted that 89 percent of Israelis 50 and over are vaccinated. Close to 60% of all Israelis are fully vaccinated, and soon Covid-19 vaccines will be available for ages 12 to 15.

Israel’s vaccination drive was hailed worldwide as the fastest and most efficient.

“We are proud that Israel served as a model country and now we are reaping the fruits of an amazing vaccination campaign,” said Davidovitch, head of the School of Public Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a senior official in the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians.

“Even two and a half months ago, people were very frustrated because we’d started vaccinating in late December but only in mid-March started to see its indirect effect. Now it is clear.”

“We thought we wouldn’t reach herd immunity without vaccinating children, but the evidence surprisingly shows otherwise,” said Calderon-Margalit.

Given Israel’s excellent vaccination record, Davidovitch suggests sending surplus doses to places in greater need including neighboring territories governed by the Palestinian Authority. This, he argued, is the right thing to do for both humanitarian and practical reasons because many PA residents enter Israel and the infection rates there are higher.

“We still have a lot of challenges ahead even as we are almost back to normal,” he concluded.

-www.israel21c.org, 2 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

When it comes to vaccination, Israel stands on top of the world. Israel has acted correctly and precisely. The country enforced rules and regulations, mask requirements, lockdowns, and social distancing—which has all paid off.

What next? No one knows, but there will be another pandemic, and Israel will be prepared. As a matter of fact, they will then be the world leader in this next possible scenario.

For believers, Isaiah 64:4 is valid: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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