Coronavirus lockdown 2.0 deepens divisions in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel went into lockdown last spring, Jerusalem pub owner Leon Shvartz moved quickly to save his business — shifting to a delivery and takeaway model that kept him afloat throughout the summer. Then came the second lockdown.

With restaurants and shops shuttered again, Shvartz’s business is struggling to survive. He has laid off 16 of his 17 employees.

By contrast, Israeli software maker Bizzabo, which operates in the hard-hit conference-management sector, quickly reinvented itself last spring by offering “virtual events.” It has more than doubled its sales and is expanding its workforce.


Such tales of boom and bust reflect Israel’s growing “digital divide.”

Even before the pandemic, Israel had one of the largest income gaps and poverty rates among developed economies, with a few high earners, mostly in the lucrative high-tech sector, while many Israelis barely get by as civil servants, in service industries or as

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Israel Tucker’s 2 TD runs gets La Tech past UTEP 21-17

Israel Tucker ran for two touchdowns, leading Louisiana Tech to a 21-17 victory over UTEP

Israel Tucker ran for two touchdowns, leading Louisiana Tech to a 21-17 victory over UTEP on Saturday night.

Tucker had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and bulled into the end zone from the 1 that stretched the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-10 with about 12 minutes remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, Duron Lowe ran untouched 100 yards into the end zone for UTEP (3-2, 0-1 Conference USA).

The Miners forced a punt on fourth-and-8 with about six minutes left, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the ball back to the Bulldogs, who then ran the clock down to 32 seconds. UTEP fumbled the ball on its own 14-yard line three plays later.

Justin Henderson had a 14-yard touchdown run

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Iran says it’s among top countries in military radar, a message to Israel

Iranian media has claimed that the country is one of the world leaders in radar technology and Brig.-Gen. Ali Hajizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that new systems installed in Yazd province illustrate the country’s capabilities.Iran’s boasts of its increased radar prowess are aimed at the US, Israel and other nations and it is also looking to export its technology to allies in Syria, possibly Iraq, and elsewhere.“These radars can detect up to a range of 350 km. and, depending on the altitude, up to 1,000 km,” a report said.Tehran has combined its new radars, at the service of the IRGC Aerospace Force with those of the Iranian army, overlapping coverage to achieve military excellence in the field, an article argued.“Islamic Iran is definitely among the top ten countries,” Tasnim News said. The country intends to put in place new radar stations at Chabahar and other areas
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Science and Technology Minister resigns, then changes mind – Inside Israel

Izhar Shay
Izhar Shay

Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash 90

Defense Minister Benny Gantz met on Thursday night with Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay who was considering resigning from the government due to the hermetic lockdown.

The two discussed the goings on of recent days and reached agreements on the continuation of Minister Shay’s work as a key member of the Blue and White party.

Gantz and Shay discussed common values, their common desire to “put Israel first” and the desire to create a unifying discourse in Israeli society.

They agreed to define the war against the coronavirus epidemic as a top priority that will continue to be professionally led by Minister Shay within the party and as a member of the Coronavirus Cabinet.

The Minister of Defense stressed his great appreciation for Shay and his work for the citizens of Israel and their health within the Coronavirus Cabinet and under the leadership

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