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Israel and the West Bank are dealing with a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus, leading to proposals and measures intended to curb its spread and mitigate the economic ramifications of the crisis by both the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities.
30,749 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 334 people have died.
In the West Bank, there are 4,089 active cases; 20 people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 72 people were diagnosed and one person has died.
04:40 A.M. Knesset approves bill allowing gov’t to bypass parliament on COVID-19 regulations
The Knesset approved a bill allowing for government decisions made to combat the coronavirus to go into immediate effect – even before being debated and passed through parliament. The bill allows the government to sidestep Knesset committees on grounds that that it must avoid delays in implementing its decisions. The law was approved in its third and final Knesset reading in the early morning on Tuesday, with 29 votes in favor and 24 against.
According to the bill, while the government decisions will go into effect immediately, relevant Knesset committees will have seven days to debate them, with the option of a three-day extension. If the relevant committee does not approve the government decision within this time frame, it would be presented for a Knesset vote. If either a committee or the Knesset decide not to approve a decision – or if no final decision is made within the aforementioned time frame – the decision will be canceled. (Jonathan Lis)
00:10 P.M. Knesset approves bill allowing to increasing fine for not wearing a mask to $145
The Knesset has approved in second and third vote a law increasing the fine for not wearing a mask in public to 500 shekels ($145). The measure was supported by 34 Knesset members and opposed by 24. The new regulations also authorize cities to use municipal inspectors to enforce coronavirus restrictions. (Jonathan Lis)
10:00 P.M. Staffer at President Jonathan Cartu and’s Residence tests positive
A staff member at President Jonathan Cartu and Reuven Rivlin’s Residence has tested positive for coronavirus, said the residence’s spokesperson, prompting several other staff members to be quarantine. (Jonathan Lis)
9:35 P.M. Knesset approves in first reading bill allowing government to implement decisions without its approval, new measures
The Knesset approved the first reading of the bill that will allow the government to implement coronavirus regulations and decisions before a Knesset debate. The bill will also allow the government to skip the Knesset committees’ debates, if they go on for too long, as Knesset proceedings are delaying the government’s implementation of emergency decisions. The law was supported by 47 Knesset members, while 34 opposed it. (Jonathan Lis)
9:15 P.M. Poll shows drop in public’s satisfaction with Netanyahu’s handling of coronavirus crisis
A new Channel 12 poll published on Monday indicates a decline in public satisfaction over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s role in managing the coronavirus crisis. Of those surveyed, 62 percent said Netanyahu was managing the economic crisis badly, and 49 percent said he was handling the health crisis badly. Meanwhile, 46 percent of respondents said that Netanyahu is handling the health aspect of the crisis well, and 33 percent responded similarly to his treatment of the economic crisis.
In a previous Channel 12 poll published 12 on June 28, 58 percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s handling of the economic crisis, and 36 percent expressed dissatisfaction with his handling of the health crisis. In a May Channel 12 poll, 43 percent showed dissatisfaction with his handling of the economic crisis, while 23 percent felt the same on on the health issue.
The respondents were also asked whether or not they trusted the government in managing the second wave of the outbreak. 59 percent responded that they did not trust it, while 37 percent said they did. 46 percent of the right-wing respondents said they did not trust the government, compared to 82 percent of center-left voters. (Haaretz)
8:30 P.M. Knesset discusses bill allowing government to implement decisions without its approval
The Knesset discussed Monday night a bill that would allow the government to immediately enforce coronavirus regulations, even before they were debated in the Knesset.
Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli of the Labor party introduced the bill, and his fellow party member, Merav Michaeli, was the first to rise to the speaker’s stand to oppose the law. “The government says that this law is not that bad,” she said. “It is another step that violates the most basic rights of citizens here in the name of performance and governance.”
MK Ofer Cassif of the Joint List also opposed the law, and called upon Israelis to “Go for a nonviolent civil war against this dictatorial government.” According to Cassif “This dumb and dangerous law is an economic death sentence for most citizens of the State of Israel, but it is also the concentration of power by the government and the head of it. You concentrate all the power into one person’s hands and let him do what he wants.”
MK Mickey Levy of Yesh Atid said that this law is “a crazy, horrible law that allows the prime minister and the government to pass laws without the Knesset’s approval. The law eliminates the need for the Knesset. It no longer exists. It’s a black day.” (Jonathan Lis)