Israel’s Gaza Dilemma Won’t Go Away

On Tuesday, incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip started two forest fires. Over the past fifteen months, fires caused by balloons and other makeshift devices have destroyed thousands of acres of farms, forests, and wildlife reserves. This is but one sign of the intractable problem that the Jewish state faces from its southeastern border, as Jonathan Schanzer writes:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Israeli Security, US-Israel relations

Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli society, Ultra-Orthodox