ISRAEL - New School Year and Covid-19

Arno Froese

Under a host of regulations dictated by the coronavirus pandemic, about 2.3 million children and 220,000 teaching staff will begin the new school year in Israel.

Students have been asked to turn in a form, signed by their parents, confirming they have taken a rapid antigen swab test, and that the results of which were negative. However, these tests are only considered a recommendation on the part of the Education Ministry. Students cannot be barred from school for failing to submit the form or to take the swab test, as long as they were not in contact with a COVID-19 patient during the past two weeks.

During September, students who have only received one vaccine dose will be considered immune for the 70-percent minimum to hold in-person classes. However, these children are not exempt from the need to isolate in the event of contact with a confirmed coronavirus carrier. 

Principals will have access to official data on the Health Ministry website that shows this information.

Starting October 1, students who have had at least two vaccine doses or have recovered from COVID-19 won’t have to isolate. All others—except for participants in the Green Classroom pilot program—will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine period can be shortened to seven days after two negative tests for the virus. 

Vaccination procedure will be conducted by the Israeli national emergency service, however mobile vaccination units can only enter school premises after at least 50 parents give their consent to inoculate their children.

-haaretz.com, 1 September 2021

Arno's Commentary

Israel is in the top 10 countries with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated. Now comes the children’s turn. How to deal with it seems to be very complicated. But Covid-19 is real, dangerous, and often deadly. Various countries have been more successful fighting the virus than others, but no one is exempt. Quite naturally, a so-called “green passport,” documenting that the person is Covid-19 free, is in the works throughout the world.

Will Covid-19 eventually be defeated? Based on information from various infectious disease authorities, it becomes more evident that the answer is yes. However, as we have mentioned before, another yet unknown pandemic is likely at our doorstep. 

For us, Israel is an example. When it comes to their future, Psalm 128:5-6 proclaims: “The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.”

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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