Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bragged about Israel’s “great success story” battling the coronavirus pandemic in May. Things have gone terribly wrong since then: The virus is back, former fellow Neri Zilber (Israel, 2011-2013) writes in The Spectator.

“A multi-stage reopening plan was effectively overtaken by public pressure for more, faster,” he says. “Police who had been enforcing social distancing rules and other restrictions disappeared from the streets, seemingly overnight. Celebrities and politicians (including Netanyahu) were caught violating guidelines, while viral video clips showed packed clubs and other mass festivities with no masks in sight.”


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