The Knesset has a different challenge – it doesn’t allow remote voting. MKs cannot call in their votes or leave a note or have someone vote in their place.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in Israel, more and more members of the government have had to go into self-isolation, whether due to contracting the illness or coming into contact with someone who is infected.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went into quarantine on Thursday after being in contact with Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat also entered isolation for the same reason.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi went into quarantine a day earlier after exposure to an officer infected with coronavirus, though Kochavi tested negative for it.
Diaspora Minister Tzipi Hotovely is in isolation. Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Interior Minister Arye Deri and others were in self-isolation, along with several other MKs. The only non-minister MK in isolation as of Thursday is UTJ’s Ya’acov Tessler.
All this adds up to a logistical nightmare when it comes to keeping the country afloat.