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Of Rain, Lockdowns and Redemption

The clouds are back and Israel’s lockdown has been extended. Is there no bright tomorrow on the horizon?

Of Rain, Lockdowns and Redemption
Olivier Fitoussil/Flash90

After a brief respite featuring summer-like weather, winter returned to Israel on Thursday with heavy rains and even hail in many parts of the country.

The rains are welcome after a relatively dry January significantly reduced the expected overall winter rainfall this year.

Jerusalem’s once-bustling First Station, where one must now drink coffee in isolated tents. That is, if you can find an open coffee shop.

And it’s not as though the rains are preventing us from doing much. Israel anyway remains under a coronavirus lockdown, our third nationwide lockdown since the pandemic began nearly a year ago.

The lockdown was supposed to end today (Friday), but the government last night voted to extend it at least until Sunday as the rate of new COVID-19 infections remains quite high.

Israeli medical staff try to keep spirits high. But every day the people see less reason for hope.

Whereas in the beginning there was a feeling of national solidarity and mission in defeating Corona, today there’s just frustration. And it’s tearing the nation apart. See: Corona’s Divisive Side Effects on Israeli Society

Nothing we do seems to be getting us closer to ending the crisis, as experts daily come out with new information suggesting that COVID isn’t going away any time soon.

But as Israel Today Editor David Lazarus wrote earlier this week, the Jewish nation already possesses the answer to this conundrum, if only our leaders would have the courage to consider it: Israel Already Has the Way to Beat Corona

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