While the world shuts down in panic, stock markets collapse, and countries like Italy and others are overwhelmed, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has stepped up as a true leader in the midst of the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918.
Calming the country, Netanyahu closed schools until after the Passover holiday and okayed billions of dollars in financial assistance to those reeling from effects of corona on the economy.
While other world leaders appear frantic, caught off guard, and without direction, Bibi appeared the opposite in his national address.
Most important, Bibi Netanyahu explained to Israel that it needs to take precautions to prevent the same catastrophe as is happening across the world.
“I am asking you, citizens of Israel, to change your routines in order to deal with an external threat. In short, to change. It is not easy. It requires us to make many changes, such as some things that Israelis love to do. We love to embrace. We love to shake hands. We love to kiss. No more.”
While there has been a growing number of cases in Israel, the virus has so far not grown as exponentially as it has in other places of the world. This is not to say it won’t, but Netanyahu’s early measures, which were considered far more extensive than other countries at the time, may end up being what makes the difference in Israel.
“The fact is that we are functioning better than almost any other country in the world, and this is thanks to you, thanks to the policy that have enacted and thanks to the self-discipline that you – citizens of Israel – are showing.”
“With G-d’s help and the cooperation of all of us, we will overcome this crisis.”