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Israel failure to deal adequately with the pandemic could have long-term effects

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Israel is possibly one of the few countries in the world that carries out regular military and security drills to check its readiness to face threats and challenges, including natural disasters and epidemics. Nevertheless, its performance so far in the face of the coronavirus crisis has been disappointing; its health sector was simply not prepared enough.

A full month and more after the virus was detected in Israel, with the health and economic crises continuing to get worse, the more obvious it becomes that the state lacks a single authority to manage the economy and other sectors in such an emergency. This is dangerous, as there seems to be no coordination between government agencies, which exacerbates the problems. Moreover, there was no need for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appear every night to present the latest developments in the virus crisis and task the Mossad spy agency with obtaining respirators.

The problems that Israel is experiencing could be solved by having an emergency command room that operates according to recommendations from the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Netanyahu, though, seems to be doing this on his own, which is less than satisfactory.

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