Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the suspension of all flights “from the USA and other commercial flights” to Israel until all travelers arriving into the country are able to be taken to state-run quarantine hotels for a 14-day period by the Home Front Command.
The Israeli decision comes just a day after US President Donald Trump issued a decree that the US regime would place sanctions on countries that are denying or “unreasonably delaying” the acceptance of their citizens traveling from the USA.
According to a statement by the prime minister’s office on Saturday, cited by The Times of Israel, flights already destined for Israel will be permitted to land but no new flights will be allowed until a solution has been arranged.
The Minister of Transport Bezalel Smutrich, decided to halt the flights from the USA and other commercial flights until a Cabinet meeting can be held to determine all persons returning from abroad to be quarantined at designated hotels under responsibility of the Ministry of Defense.
The move follows a case where a United Airlines flight from New York arrived at Ben Gurion airport on Saturday morning despite the lock down.
Around 80 passengers on the flight were allowed to leave the airport without precautionary temperatures checks or questions on their state of health and where they have been, mandatory procedure for all arrivals?
Only seven passengers from the New York flight were transferred to state-run quarantine hotels in line with an order by Netanyahu last week.
The continued arrival of flights from New York and failure to transfer passengers to [specially designated] hotels is extremely negligent, something KLM with flights to- and from Amsterdam also experienced.
Trump has stated that he is a close ally of the current Israeli leadership, although his order gives the Secretary of State the ability to impose sanctions on countries restricting travel from the US and remove them if efforts are made to permit citizens entry.
According to data from the Corona National Information and Knowledge Center around one third of COVID-19 infections in Israel are with those who have returned from abroad, with many cases in particular originating from New York, The Times of Israel reported.
Countries across the world have implemented travel restrictions to slow the spread of the Corona-virus pandemic.
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