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Naftali Bennett: These are the actions I would have taken this evening as Prime Minister of Israel

Naftali Bennett: These are the actions I would have taken this evening as
Prime Minister of Israel
22 September 2020
(Translation by IMRA)

Naftali Bennett: These are the actions I would have taken this evening as
Prime Minister of Israel:

1. Inform everyone tonight that until the end of the closure that there are
no demonstrations and no prayer services.
Crush the plague.
There is no special consideration for any sector.

2. Already tomorrow (via Zoom) convene a national coalition of the Chief
Rabbi of Israel, the Chief Kadi, the leaders of the left, the leaders of the
right, the leaders of the ultra-Orthodox, the leaders of the Arabs, all the
news editors in Israel, all influencers of public opinion with a clear
national demand: everyone wears masks all the time and no gatherings.

3. Promote the concept of "mask instead of closure".
If everyone wears masks we will defeat COVID-19 within 5-6 weeks.
Operate a powerful national information campaign under in the management of
ONE element in the system.

4. Instruct the Minister of Education to prepare THIS TIME SERIOUSLY the
education system for operation without "Israbluff". With the advice of a
coalition of education and epidemiology experts. Capsules are capsules.

5. Instruct the Projector to reach a capacity of 100,000 COVID-19 tests by
October 15th.
This is done by introducing more private companies such as My Heritage,
using the Weizmann Institute and implementing pooling. (See the next

6. Set for the Projector the goal of implementing the pooling method
(aggregation of 10-20 samples for one test analysis, so that testing
capacity is increased by a factor of ten) across the system by October 15th,
to allow unlimited daily test results in Israel (about a million). The
method is used successfully in the United States, Germany, China, the
Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Portugal and elsewhere.
At the same time, order for the scientists at the Weizmann Institute to
implement their efficient "Weizmann 2.0" method.
In short, make testing a timely, inexpensive and accessible resource for

7. Immediately implement wastewater monitoring technology for early
detection of COVID-19 eruptions.
This is a wonderful Israeli technology, which is not used in Israel (!).

8. Set a target for the recruitment of 2,500 epidemiological researchers
based on dismissed El Al selectors, unemployed travel agents, tour guides,
unemployed in the cultural and entertainment fields. Establish 5-6 national
call centers to go into operation.

9. Immediately launch a national serological survey to map out who has
already been infected, areas of infection and more. (Israel has purchased
millions of serological kits).

10. Instead of relying on the GSS locating method that sends hundreds of
thousands of people to frustrating false isolations, map out the movements
of those verified to have COVID-19 via the epidemiological investigations so
that people are sent into isolation only on the basis of the data from the
epidemiological investigations carried out by the epidemiological

11. Anyone sent for isolation undergoes a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and
another after 48 hours in order to release them from isolation if the test
comes out negative twice. This allows millions of people to return quickly
to normal functioning.

12. Establish a group of about 3,000 "isolation assistants" who are a kind
of "client manager" for people in isolation: to take care of their needs,
medications, food and any necessary relief. This arrangement exists in many
places in the world and helps people not to be afraid to go into isolation.

13. Immediately pass legislation that imposes sanctions on anyone caught
without a mask inside offices and in enclosed spaces. Recruit 15,000
unemployed to become COVID-19 inspectors.

14. Operate the "Magen Avot Plus" program, which conducts a weekly check-up
of all the elderly who are in nursing homes and organized institutions and
of the staff which takes care of them.

15. Assign to the Ministry of Health the task of increasing the capacity for
COVID-19 inpatient treatment from 800 to 1,200 by the beginning of November,
and by 1,600 by 31 December. This is done through rapid training, creating
field hospitals dedicated to COVID-19 in the north, center and south.
It is unacceptable that from March until now the capacity has remained 800

16. Prepare by next week a clear plan to exit the quarantine. Target:
Crushing COVID-19.

17. Instruct the Minister of Finance to present an all encompassing plan for
small businesses, along with a national plan for professional training in
high-end fields within three weeks. According to the plan, unemployment
benefits and sickness benefits will be channeled into training provided via
the private sector.
Care is taken especially for the older unemployed.

18. Establish the practice of engaging in direct dialogue with the public
every two days, answering all questions and without trying to present a rosy
Alongside this take to the field with surprise visits, twice a week, to
understand the true situation on the ground.

19. Appoint someone "responsible for learning from the world" who is in
continuous contact with countries which have been successful in dealing with
COVID-19 to bring insights and lessons from them for immediate

20. Prepare Ben Gurion Airport for the entry and exit of passengers via
quick COVID-19 tests at the airport and a clear procedure for entry and exit
from the country.
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