Israel shutters schools against coronavirus. Netanyahu calls for national unity government

PM Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday announced a decision to shut down the school system, for 1.5 million pupils, as of Friday, March 13, with some exceptions:  preschools, special needs frameworks and youth-at-risk centers will stay open. The education ministry is to build programs for remote teaching. The education system will remain closed until after the Passover holiday. However, as the coronavirus infection spreads, as is predicted, more restrictions will be imposed.

The number of confirmed cases passed 109 on Thursday. Health Minister Yakov Litzman announced that tests for covid-19 now standing at around 400 a day, are to be boosted to 2,000 at least in the coming days after the Treasury made fresh funds available.

Netanyahu then made an appeal to all political parties to join Likud in setting up a national emergency government for a fixed period to cope with the coronavirus crisis. “The virus knows no borders, does not differentiate between Jews and others, religious or non-religious, right or left politics. We’re all in the same boat. Indeed, all of mankind is in the same boat,” he said. “It is time to set politics aside. Later, we can come back to the same point, but meanwhile national and personal responsibility must take precedence over any other consideration, so that together we can devote our full attention to the health and lives of our citizens.”

Thursday night, the prime minister invited the opposition Kahol Lavan leader, Benny Gantz, to meet him without delay and discuss setting up a national emergency government for dealing with the country’s coronavirus endemic. He notified President Reuven Rivlin of the invitation.

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14 thoughts on “Israel shutters schools against coronavirus. Netanyahu calls for national unity government

  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 0:52 at 0:52

    “Netanyahu calls for national unity government” !……YES, it’s time !!!

  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 3:45 at 3:45

    @Jim Carrol, Dont be silly Jim the only issue that i have is with ethnic cleansing racists and those who follow the racist Talmudic beliefs.

    Those who treat other like they would like to be treated were the tables turned i have absolutely no issue with regardless of color, faith or creed.

    I agree that we need to all work to eradicate this disease while also working to uncover the totality of the truth behind its appearance in China.

    • Mar 13, 2020 @ 5:06 at 5:06

      The only problem is the thing with max 100 gatherings.
      Or, you are like 200 times stupider than the average retarded, an equivalent of a 200 gathering.
      In this situation you should better skip looking to yourself in a mirror.
      I hope it helps.

  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 10:26 at 10:26

    Today is Friday 13, the day of the Chinese virus #19.
    Markets are down by a gigantic lot.
    All people recovering from Chinese virus #19 look yellowish and with squinted eyes.
    Soon to be Friday 13, 13:13:13 hours.
    Before there was Chinese virus #18, 17, 16, and so on.
    Chinese virus #1 was the most deadly one, traced back to a guy going by the name of Mao, so many victims, the count is lost.

  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 14:15 at 14:15

    Ivanka Trump in isolation with probable coronavirus infection. hahaha. Poor woman. Hope she recovers quickly. It is laughable how her daddy has handled this mess. It will blow over he said. It is a hoax he also said. Then he keeps repeating how wonderful of a job he did on corona. He did very good he said. So very trumpy!!!

    TRUMP ‘2020!!


  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 14:45 at 14:45

    Looks like the Smallest Organism Created On Earth Are Isolating Mankind Creations with Global Unity to Make All of Us Stronger! G-D’s Message To Abraham’s Wisdom is Prevailing Stay Safe & Protect Each Other!

  • Mar 13, 2020 @ 17:59 at 17:59

    We need a unity government but not a someone with charges that may need to be removed from government in a few months leading the government.

    So Gantz or someone else needs to lead and Bibi can have a senior role but for unity we require consistency. Bibi has done well so far during this crisis but we need consistency

  • Mar 14, 2020 @ 21:09 at 21:09

    I think we are going through the stages of a widespread bacteriological war.Probably triggered accidentatlly by the Chinese Communists.I mean,it wasn’t scheduled yet.

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