MembersCorona: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t

Netanyahu is willing to take unprecedented measures to beat coronavirus, but his rivals are using it against him

Israel will use digital surveillance to combat coronavirus.
Photo: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly-announced measures to combat the coronavirus include the use of classified technology, thus far reserved for fighting terror.

This extraordinary measure will allow the government to surveil every Israeli citizen in its effort to track down anyone with whom the carriers of this virus were in contact. The use of this technology will also allow the tracking down of renegade virus-infected individuals and force them to enter self-quarantine.

The Corona crisis also compelled Netanyahu to call for an immediate national emergency government that would include all the Zionist parties of the Knesset, from Left to Right. The only other time such a government was formed was just before the 1967 Six Day War. The response of Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was that all parties should be included, even the anti-Zionist Joint Arab List.

If Israelis were for a moment deluded into believing that the crisis would make our political differences subside, the reactions to Netanyahu’s new restrictive measures show that even the coronavirus is...

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