Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem Blog

In addition to my work as a business coach, one of my interests is blogging about life in Israel. This is a country full of contrasts – over eight million citizens living in an area the size of Wales. You can see snow and the lowest place on the globe in the same day. Although surrounded by geopolitical extremes, Israel has achieved a decade of high economic growth. My work brings me in contact with an array of new companies, exciting technologies and dynamic characters. Sitting back with a relaxing cup of strong tea (with milk), you realise just how much there is to appreciate in the Holyland. Large or small operations, private sector or non profit, my clients provide experiences from which others can learn and benefit.

Israel is just about to start the process of unlocking its second lockdown. I have written previously about how parts of the government have created a deep lack of trust amongst the wider public.

And then this series of events happens.

First, it was reported yesterday that Jo Biden’s running mate – who remembers their names? – will not be hitting the election trail for a few days. Three of her team have contracted the virus.

Second, I have just read that the commander of the crack Duvduvan unit has been dismissed from his post. He broke quarantine rules, prayed with his unit on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and then lied to cover up his actions. 27 of his soldiers were later infected by the virus!

Next up? We know that many religious seminaries (Yeshivot) will open next week – in clear defiance of government rules. On the basis of the last 30 days, few fines can be expected.

Finally, let us recall the actions of the Gila Gamliel, a minister of government and member of the Prim Minister’s Likud Party. Infected, she prayed in a Synagogue on Yom Kippur. Other members of her staff became infected – via her? She evidently tried to ignore the press hiatus at first. She may have paid a fine.

Moral of the story.

You can be a soldier, risk your life for your country, make a bad mistake and get punished. Or you can be highly religious educator and fight for your religion or you can fight for the highest politician in the land, endanger people around you ….. and get away with it.

What do you think?

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