Gantz orders army to reopen virus hotels, prepare to seal off West Bank

Ahead of the tightened lockdown, Defense Minister Benny Gantz orders the army to reopen coronavirus hotels for members of the ultra-Orthodox community and returning travelers from abroad, and says most Palestinian workers will be barred from entering Israel during the closure.

He also says the Israel Defense Forces won’t request additional vaccine doses until all high-risk Israelis and teachers are inoculated.

In addition, “the defense minister instructed, as a rule, to prepare for a closure of Judea and Samaria [West Bank]. In this framework, workers of essential areas will be exempted. If the construction industry remains open in Israel, Palestinian workers will allowed to enter.”