Israelis Buck Stay-At-Home Orders; Police No Longer Allowed To Track Via Cell Phone

Israeli police will not be allowed to use phone tracking technology to enforce stay-at-home orders. The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee decided not to move forward legislation that would have allowed the tracking. The committee apparently had concerns about the wording of the bill that would have allowed the practice to continue. Because the legislation did not move forward, police were required to stop the practice, which expired under temporary legislation. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Meanwhile, businesses and economists have been criticizing the Israeli government, citing the lack of economic leadership while Israel deals with the coronavirus as the basis for their complaints. They say the economic relief package presented is too little, too late. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

And more and more Israelis are flouting social distancing rules, flocking to beaches and markets. Police have expressed their dismay but say they will continue to fine violators. Reported by The Times of Israel.Read more…

On the Palestinian side of the ledger, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the easing of some of the lockdown measures in the West Bank. While many viewed existing measures as extreme, Abbas said he had to choose between the restrictions and “losing our people.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…