Israel approves closure of Ben Gurion Airport to all arrivals until next Sunday

The government approves the closure of Ben Gurion Airport from tomorrow night until next Sunday.

All ministers support the motion besides Immigrant Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, who says it’s “unreasonable” to cancel scheduled flights for Jews making aliyah to the Jewish state.

The move is aimed at thwarting the arrival of mutated versions of the coronavirus and the potential emergence of an Israeli strain immune to existing vaccines.

Extreme cases will be reviewed in accordance with rules that will be published by the government.

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