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Israeli Media Would Love for There to Be Another COVID Lockdown

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It seems that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made the brave, correct decision: He won’t impose a lockdown. As he wrote in his seminal Facebook post Saturday night, in which for the first time he explained his pandemic strategy simply, clearly, and fluently, the effectiveness of the lockdowns“ is low in any case” and their price “terrible.” But Israeli media outlets, especially three of the major media outlets – Channels 12 and 13 and the daily Yedioth Ahronoth – are still in a lockdown frenzy.

Sometimes the mass brainwashing in support of a lockdown is carried out through a process of elimination: The commentators and reporters refrain from claiming that a lockdown is the solution, but generate extreme panic over its absence and stress that any alternative is tantamount to abandoning the citizens of the state to their deaths.

As journalist Nadav Eyal tweeted August 11: “The late Amnon Dankner would quote from a sketch or feuilleton ... ‘The IDF spokesman announces: It’s every man for himself.’ I recalled that today.” A word........

© Haaretz

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