Severe exchanges in the Corona Cabinet, which is discussing the opening of the skies • The head of public health services at the Ministry of Health warned: "We see many mutations outside" • Interior Minister Deri: "It is impossible to close hermetically" • Transport Minister Regev: "Israelis should be allowed to return ahead of elections
Ben Gurion airport
The Corona Cabinet has confirmed that the Exceptions Committee will be abolished, which means: tens of thousands of Israelis will be able to return to Israel.
The decision came after disagreements in the Corona Cabinet: While Transport Minister Miri Regev wants to open the skies ahead of the election, the head of public health services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price, warns that without police enforcement on returnees from abroad "there will be a catastrophe."
Dr. Elrai-Price: “We see many mutations out there, not just from New York.
There is also a mutation that came in from the Netherlands that we are testing.
We must make sure that the people who enter the country are not only under police enforcement, that we do not find ourselves in a month of catastrophe and are asked how we brought people here with mutations.
In such a situation vaccines may go in the trash. "
Minister Regev precisely the position that has opened up the sky before the election:" We need to inform anyone who comes to Israel that it must show negative tests before takeoff and after landing, so that we can give up on the exceptions committee, "Regev said.
Minister Face Aryeh Deri said: "It is impossible to hermetically close the sky to non-Israelis.
There are some very problematic cases that need to be answered.
In the past year, the Exceptions Committee also approved the entry of diplomats into the country.
It needs to be examined. "
In light of the decision, it appears that Ben Gurion Airport will return to almost full operation as early as next week.
Flights will be allowed to land and take off from Israel and Israel with almost no restrictions, but there may be some restriction on the number of landers each day, in any case the number will be high and will allow many Israelis to return to Israel.
The goal of the sky-opening, which is expected as early as next week, is to allow Israelis to return to Israel to vote.
Currently, there are tens of thousands of Israelis stuck around the world trying to return to Israel.
Many of them apply for approval from the Exceptions Committee and are denied.
Anyone who has recovered or been vaccinated will be able to fly to almost any country that accepts Israelis, except for countries with a high morbidity risk.
The recovering and vaccinated will have to perform tests within 72 hours before returning to Israel, and another test after landing in Israel, otherwise they will be exempt from isolation.
This means that vaccinated and recovering people will be able to fly abroad as early as next week, if things are approved by the government.
From March 7, 3,000 will be allowed to enter Israel per day, and from March 14, he is expected to allow the vaccinated and recovering to fly freely without limiting the number of entrants.
Currently, there are rescue flights from only two destinations - New York and Frankfurt, the expectation is that the opening of the sky next week will allow flights from almost all over the world, except for certain high-risk destinations.
Any Israeli who returns to Israel and does not become resilient or recovered, will be required to be insulated in a motel, and when the pilot of the bracelets is crowned a success - this too is likely to be an option for home isolation with supervision.
Enforcement for home insulators will also be stepped up.