In countries where COVID responses have been poor, does the blame lie with the resilience of the population to make sacrifices for the greater good? Or can the buck stop at the door of failed political leaders? In this article, Yuval explores the ineffective response to coronavirus in Israel. Is it the Isreali cultural archetype of the ‘freier’ that prevented policy from being effective? Or was it the fact that “Netanyahu’s half-hearted appeals to the vaunted sense of Israeli solidarity have failed to contain the communal defiance of the Coronavirus structures across Israel”. To the author, “It seems that as Israelis, our unifying impulse is only effective when the external enemies are our Arab neighbours, and not a microscopic pathogen.”?
Is the Israel-UAE peace deal effective in delivering its name? The author suggests that despite its promise, in reality the deal ‘holds no weight’. Labelling it a ‘political sham’, he accuses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being more interested in scoring ‘cheap political points with which he can lengthen his political career, akin to his political counterpart in the US’.