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Netanyahu announces closure of schools, universities

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night announced the cancellation of studies at universities and schools across the country, not including special education institutions, kindergartens and boarding schools for at-risk youth.

“We are in the midst of a global event and a national event that is unparalleled throughout the country’s existence. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. No one on earth has been immune to it.”

”Secondly, at this point there is no vaccine for the virus, and the expectation is that even if a vaccine is found – it will take a long time. It’s not a matter of days, nor weeks, and I wish I could say it will be months.”

Following his remarks, Netanyahu called for the establishment of a national emergency government. “I call for the establishment of a national emergency government without hesitation or rejection. It will be an emergency government for a limited period, and together we will fight to save the lives of thousands of civilians. We must put politics aside – and then return to the point where we are now.”