Netanyahu under precautionary quarantine

Netanyahu under precautionary quarantine
Netanyahu was due on Monday to convene officials on Monday to discuss a proposed lockdown of some of the country. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 31 March 2020

Netanyahu under precautionary quarantine

Netanyahu under precautionary quarantine
  • The Health Ministry generally requires 14-day self-isolation and possible coronavirus testing for anyone deemed to have been in proximity with an infected person
  • Israel has reported 4,247 cases and 15 fatalities

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close aides have been placed under precautionary quarantine after a staffer within his office tested positive for COVID-19, the premier’s office said Monday.
In a statement, Netanyahu’s office said the quarantine decision was precautionary as the veteran prime minister had not been in recent proximity with the ill staffer.
“The preliminary assessment is that there is no need for the prime minister to be quarantined, as he did not come into close contact with the individual and did not personally meet with that person,” the statement said. “Over the past two weeks the two were never in the same room at the same time,” it added.
The statement further noted that the “epidemiological investigation” was ongoing and that Netanyahu and “his close staff would be in confinement until (tests) were completed.”
A statement from the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, identified the staffer as Rivka Paluch, Netanyahu’s parliamentary aide, noting three dates she had been in the building.
Members of the Knesset and employees have already been instructed to follow the Health Ministry’s orders and self-quarantine if they were in her vicinity, the statement said.
The Knesset said it was offering footage from its surveillance cameras to the ministry for them to see where and when Paluch had been in the building, for the health professionals to determine which measures need be taken.
Israel, which has more than 4,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, has imposed severe restrictions to contain the spread of the virus, including a total ban on non-essential movements.
Netanyahu’s office stressed that he has had limited inter-personal contact in recent weeks, conducting “most of his meetings via video conferencing from his residence.”


Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

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Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad
  • Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries

JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Thursday that its facilities abroad could be targeted by Iran, which has been issuing new threats against Israel since the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist.
In its warning, Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries, including Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

"In light of the threats heard recently by Iranian officials and in light of the involvement in the past of Iranian officials in terror attacks in various countries, there is a concern that Iran will try to act in this way against Israeli targets,” said a statement issued by the prime minister’s National Security Council.