Jerusalem, 3 August, 2021 (TPS) -- The special Corona Cabinet of the Israeli government convened today and declared a series of new restrictions. The new rules are being implemented to fight the current outbreak due to the Covid delta variant.
Among the new restrictions, there will now be a mask mandate even in open public spaces where there are 100 people or more gathered. The special green pass will be canceled for all children under the age of 12.
In addition, all public offices will be limited to having just 50% of their workforce come into the office. The private sector is being encouraged to have people return to working from home.
The government said that it is taking these steps to avoid having to implement another national shutdown. One is already being threatened for the upcoming fall holiday season.
The Ministry of Health revealed that another 2,052 Israelis were diagnosed as positive for Covid yesterday. The Ministry also stated that the rate of people testing was about 3.1% of all those tested. As of now, 433 corona patients are hospitalized across the country, 221 of whom are in critical condition. 47 patients connected to respirators.
There are 182 people aged 60 and over who are in critical condition, 134 of whom were vaccinated. But the current rate of infection for unvaccinated people over the age of 60 is 4.5 times higher than those who are vaccinated.
So far in August, over just 3 days, 18 people have already died due to Covid. In July there was a total of 51 deaths for the months and in all of June, there were only 8.
As of now 142,334 Israelis over the age of 60 have already received their third vaccination.
Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology and Space Orit Farkash-Hacohen puts the blame for the current situation on the shoulders of the people who refused to get vaccinated. The minister said that she has, “zero patience for those who do not get vaccinated and do not practice civic responsibility.”
“We got into this situation because of the unvaccinated, this is the position of all the experts who are now not only endangering themselves but also those who have been vaccinated,” added Hacohen.
“As far as I am concerned, we should immediately return to the previous green label in which those who have been vaccinated and not vaccinated do not enter. Only in this way will we overcome what is being said here – that a million people, including the youth, are not vaccinated. Purple, green, happy character, does not really work. There is a difficult problem, the public is tired. It is not like the previous waves.”
Minister of Defense Benny Gantz commented, “Corona wards in hospitals need to be strengthened in light of the expected increase in hospitalizations.”
Gantz also threatened a closure over the holidays saying, “The public must be prepared for the option of closing in September, which is a month in which the economic damage will be minimal. At the same time, the effort of vaccines should be accelerated to try to prevent closure. The defense establishment is joining forces and increasing forces. The green and purple note should be returned now and contacts reduced.”
Jerusalem, 3 August, 2021 (TPS) -- The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) advised shipping near Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman to exercise extreme caution. Its website is now declaring that “an incident is currently underway” in that location and warned of a possible hijacking.
At this moment, various sources have been cited as saying that the Panamanian flagged vessel Asphalt Princess may have been hijacked.
Early today five oil tankers in the region reported that they were “not under command.” This could mean that they lost power for some reason and could not steer their ships.
The five ships were the Queen Ematha, Golden Brilliant, Jag Poojam, Abyss-1 and the Kamdhenu.
This news comes a day after both the United States and Great Britain formally accused Iran of being behind last Thursday night’s attack on the vessel Mercer Street in the Gulf of Oman. That ship was hit by a drone killing two of her crew, including a British citizen.
Jerusalem, 3 August, 2021 (TPS) -- Israeli Special Forces operating in the Palestinian Authority (PA) city of Jenin in Samaria on Monday night encountered fierce and violent resistance and engaged in a gun battle, in which several terrorists were shot.
Operating to “counter terrorism,” the police stated that its elite Yamam unit encountered massive gunfire, and terrorists throwing explosive devices, firebombs and rocks.
Deploying “advanced means and capabilities,” the Israeli forces returned fire at the terrorists.
Several of the terrorists were reportedly hit. Some reports say that at least six terrorists were shot, including some in serious condition.
There were no Israeli casualties, and minor damage was done to their armored vehicles.
Israeli forces operating in Jenin in recent weeks have repeatedly encountered a violent pushback by the local population, leading them to properly prepare for all scenarios and extremities before leaving on a counterterrorism mission in the city.
Jerusalem, 2 August, 2021 (TPS) -- Arab Terrorists threw rocks at an Israeli bus and other vehicles driving between Yakir and Revava in Samaria on Sunday night, damaging the bus and injuring a woman.
The woman, who was injured in her eyes, was treated at the scene by a medical team, which evacuated her to Beilinson Hospital in light condition.
Jerusalem, 1 August, 2021 (TPS) -- After first balking at blaming Iran, the British government has now said that it does believe the Iranians were behind a drone attack on an Israeli-owned tanker in the Gulf of Oman last week.
After a number of close calls in what has been an escalation between Iran, other Arab countries, and the State of Israel out on the high seas in recent years, this marked the first time that an attack caused fatalities.
On Thursday night, The Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker flying a Liberian flag, was attacked by drones. One broke through the top of the oil tanker’s bridge killing two crew members, including a veteran of the British military. The ship is managed by London-based Zodiac Maritime, which is owned by the Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab just released an official statement on the matter saying, “We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran. UK assessments have concluded that it is highly likely that Iran attacked the MV Mercer Street in international waters off Oman on 29 July using one or more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”
“The UK condemns the unlawful and callous attack committed on a merchant vessel off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and a Romanian national. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those killed in the incident,” added Raab.
Raab also went on to demand that, “Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law. The UK is working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack.”
The Iranian government has denied any involvement in the attack. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called the allegations that Iran was behind the drone baseless. He added that this is, “not the first time that the Zionist regime occupying Jerusalem has made such empty accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Wherever this regime has gone, it has taken instability, terror, and violence with it.”
Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had already accused the Iranians of being behind the attack. Earlier today he told the Israel cabinet that, “the world recently received a reminder of Iranian aggression, this time on the high seas. The Iranians, who attacked the ship ‘Mercer Street’ with unmanned aerial vehicles, intended to attack an Israeli target. Instead, their act of piracy led to the deaths of a British citizen and a Romanian citizen.”
“I determine, with absolute certainty – Iran carried out the attack against the ship. Iran’s thuggishness endangers not only Israel but also harms global interests, namely freedom of navigation and international trade,” declared Bennet.
“The intelligence evidence for this exists and we expect the international community will make it clear to the Iranian regime that they have made a serious mistake. In any case, we know how to send a message to Iran in our own way,” Bennet stated ominously.