Netanyahu Makes Dire Coronavirus Prediction; Most Israelis Support Netanyahu’s Handling of Crisis; Gulf States, Israel Cooperate on Coronavirus; Israel, Palestinians Strike Coronavirus Deal; Iran Seeks Prisoner Swap Due to Coronavirus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a dire prediction to his cabinet on May 8: if reports from overseas of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 virus were again testing positive were accurate, humanity could be wiped out. An unnamed Likud minister told Israel’s Channel 12 that Netanyahu said, “There are reports from overseas about re-infection. If this is true, the significance could be the end of humanity.” Others attending the meeting didn’t recall those words, but said that the prime minister warned that the pandemic could lead to “scenarios of global anarchy.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Three Gulf States—including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates—have been actively cooperating with Israel’s health system to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The third, though unnamed, is likely Kuwait. “There is a growing readiness to interact with us, even openly, in the health sphere,” Yeol Hareven, who heads Israel’s Sheba Medical Center’s international division, said. “These things happen slowly, but they happen, maybe not at the [inter-governmental] level as we would have liked, but things are happening.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Seventy-four percent of Israelis support Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while 23 percent disapprove, a recent Channel 12 poll shows. Of those who identified themselves as right-wing, 88 percent approved while 12 percent did not. Fifty-eight percent of those who considered themselves left-wing approved, while 39 percent did not. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a deal where Israel will set aside $228 million for potential loans to the Palestinians. The purpose of the loans is to offset the expected losses due to coronavirus. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Iran, meanwhile, says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with Washington due to fears the coronavirus could endanger the prisoner’s lives. Reported by The Times of Israel.Read more…