Cowardice and the Final Lockdown

Times of Israel reports:

Government ministers voted Tuesday night in favor of tightening the current nationwide lockdown by shuttering schools and nonessential businesses for two full weeks, with the aim of cutting rising daily infections that have passed 8,000 a day.

The increased measures will come into force at midnight between Thursday and Friday and last for at least 14 days, according to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry.

This lockdown underlines the government’s failure to deal with disease and, in particular, their cowardice. Their appointment as coronavirus czar, Ronnie Gamzu, put forward a traffic light scheme that was to be backed up with closure of the red areas – those with high levels of infection and positive checks. Then it became clear that most – not all – of the red areas were Haredi or Arab. Both communities pushed back against these closures. The Haredi threatened Bibi’s rule. That was it. The government caved.

In the weeks leading up to the supposed final lockdown just announced, there were reports that 25% of the positive tests were in the Haredi community. Arab communities were also not doing so well. And what measures were implemented there? None. It’s widely known that in the Haredi communities, observance of the social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene regulations was not universal. Far from it. Schools operated when they should have been closed. Members of the community were even told, allegedly, not to report as being ill to keep the numbers lower. Not all Haredim were so stupid and selfish, but too many were. In the Arab communities, some continued to have large gatherings for weddings which might as well have been called ‘Get your coronavirus here’ parties! Not all Arab communities were so stupid and selfish. But too many were. Now, the whole country is paying the price. To be clear, plenty outside these communities were equally stupid and selfish, but at least with proper track and trace and enforcement and closure, these would have been identified and dealt with too.

We cannot be certain, but if the focus of the government had ben about fighting the coronavirus and not fighting to keep Bibi in power, Gamzu’s scheme would have been fully implemented and there probably wouldn’t have been any need for the current or the final lockdown. Personally, I’ll get through it. But I wonder how many will suffer unnecessarily? How many more workers will lose their jobs? How many businesses will never recover? How many people’s mental health will be damaged, perhaps irreparably?

Bibi, this is on your head. I hope the voters remember your cowardice when it comes round to election time. As for your fellow Likudniks, they are no less guilty.

Is Corbyn being cowardly?

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

Guido Fawkes reports:

“Jeremy Corbyn is making excuses for missing his first Privy Council meeting and investiture kneeling at the feet of the Queen. Claiming a diary clash he could join the Privy Council without attending in a procedure usually reserved for people who are overseas. Guido suspects that the palace will compromise and spare Comrade Corbyn’s blushes rather than allow it to become a point of political controversy. Guido would have more respect for Corbyn’s republicanism if he openly said that as a democrat he wasn’t going to kneel in front of an unelected hereditary monarch. Claiming a diary clash is cowardly…”

It’s Corbyn’s right to be a republican (or any other political type he wants to be). However, when that ‘type’ is a genuine belief, the right thing to do in public office is to stand up for the belief – stand up for your principles. It appears that Mr Corbyn isn’t doing that.

Like Guido Fawkes, I also would have more respect for his republican stance if it were maintained. But, to do as the report suggests is neither proper nor principled, unless the diary clash is genuine, and really, really important, and incapable of being rescheduled. My gut tells me he is behaving like a coward.

No Jews allowed?

From the Jerusalem Post:

White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist

The White House expressed “deep disappointment” on Tuesday over Saudi Arabia’s decision to deny an entry visa to The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief who was planning to cover President Barack Obama’s visit to the desert kingdom this week.

Riyadh on Monday denied a visa to Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief. Wilner, who was the only journalist denied access to the president’s trip, despite firmly-worded requests from US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and assistant to the president Tony Blinken to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on Tuesday. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”

Rice and Blinken separately expressed extreme displeasure at the delay and the prospect of a denial, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Members of the National Security Council were made aware of the matter after US officials coordinating the trip failed to reach their Saudi counterparts.

Journalists attending the trip were required to submit visa forms to the White House, and not directly to the Saudi embassy. The Kingdom held Wilner’s passport for two weeks, though their embassy’s website claims turnaround for visas within 24 hours…

It’s important to stress that Mr Wilner is Jewish. He is not Israeli. He holds citizenship from the USA. The whole report is here.

As sharp commentator Brian of London at IsraellyCool pointedly asks:

I have two questions for President Barak Hussein Obama:

Would you visit a country with a sign on the door saying “No Blacks Allowed”?

Why do you choose to visit a country with a sign saying “No Jews Allowed”?

And answer there was none.

They did express ‘deep disappointment‘ after all. I suppose that’s better than ‘shallow disappointment‘ or ‘we couldn’t give a toss‘. I mean, there is a difference, isn’t there? Wait till they are really angry and they express ‘really deeper than deep disappointment‘ – that’ll show them!

When will these powerful people appreciate that allowing stuff like this to happen, may make things easier for them in the short term, but makes it harder to deal with the issue. And the issue, Mr President, needs to be dealt with. It’s not going away. You may be, but the issue isn’t. I think you’re a coward.