Peace in the time of coronavirus

It’s clear that Israelis have no time or patience right now for the theatrics of a ceremony on the White House’s South Lawn while wondering how they’re going to be able to make a living.

AdvertisementWhen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, disembarked from the El Al plane that landed at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, DC, it was a scene that had been repeated many times during his years as prime minister. The couple walked on a red carpet down the stairs from the plane and waved for the cameras.

But one thing was different: They were both wearing masks over their mouths and noses.

Technically, they didn’t need to. For most of their descent from the Boeing 777, they were well over two meters away from anyone not in their family unit.

But with all of Israel set to go into a lockdown four days later on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, this was no time to get technical.

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