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美國眾議院民主黨領導層阻止了 10 億美元用於鐵穹。
2021 年 9 月 21 日 23:05
美國眾議院民主黨領導層週二取消了以色列鐵穹防禦系統約 10 億美元的資金。
根據 Politico 的說法，在 5 月的“隔離牆行動”期間，阻止鐵穹資助的進步民主黨是推動阻止向以色列提供武器的人之一。這一舉措由紐約州眾議員亞歷山大·奧卡西奧·科爾特斯、威斯康星州的馬克·波坎和密歇根州的拉希達·特萊布領導。
眾議院民主黨領導人表示，鐵穹撥款將納入最終的 2022 財年兩黨國防法案。
該法案，包括 Iron Dome 資金，是一項持續性決議 (CR)，在新預算通過之前的過渡時期提供資金。它還包括 $28.6b、災難援助和 $6.3b。資助非洲難民。如果 CR 沒有在 12 月下旬通過，政府可能會關閉。
美國總統喬拜登承諾在 5 月與哈馬斯的最後一輪戰鬥後，以及上個月在橢圓形辦公室會見總理納夫塔利貝內特時，都承諾補充以色列的鐵穹電池。
眾議員泰德·達奇 (D-FL) 發推文說：“鐵穹是我們最親密的盟友之一用來拯救平民生命的防禦系統。它需要補充，因為控制加沙的哈馬斯恐怖分子發射了數千枚火箭。考慮到這是我反對這個決定的反擊。”
來自紐約的進步民主黨眾議員里奇·托雷斯 (Ritchie Torres) 說：“導彈防禦系統（即鐵穹）可以保護平民免受導彈攻擊。由此得名。只有在道德顛倒的宇宙中，這才會被視為'爭議'。”
House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from upcoming budget
Democratic party leadership in the US House of representatives blocked $1 billion for the Iron Dome.
By LAHAV HARKOV
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 23:05
THE IRON Dome anti-missile system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, as seen from Ashkelon last month.
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)
Democratic Party leadership in the US House of Representatives removed about $1 billion of funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system on Tuesday.
The revision came after progressives in the party refused to vote for the broader bill in which the Iron Dome funding was included.
The progressive Democrats blocking the Iron Dome funding are among those who pushed to block arms to Israel during Operation Guardian of the Wall in May, according to Politico. That move was led by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The Democrats could not get the bill passed without the progressives, because Republicans would not vote for the bill, either, citing the debt ceiling as its reason. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “the debt ceiling will be raised… by the Democrats.”
House Democratic leadership said the Iron Dome funding will be included in an eventual bipartisan defense bill for fiscal year 2022.
The bill, including Iron Dome funding, was a continuing resolution (CR), providing funding in the interim period before a new budget is passed. It also included $28.6b, in disaster aid and $6.3b. in funding for African refugees. If the CR does not pass by late December, there will likely be a government shutdown.
Iron Dome (credit: MINISTRY OF DEFENSE SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE)
The White House began working on reversing the decision soon after it was announced, a diplomatic source said.
While funding for the Iron Dome will likely get passed in the coming months, Israel views the matter with urgency and would like it as soon as possible, a senior diplomatic source added.
Tensions between Israel and Hamas have spiked in recent weeks, including Gazan terrorists launching rockets into Israel.
The Iron Dome is a missile defense system, which has stopped thousands of rockets launched by US-designated terrorist groups, like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, from striking the civilian centers at which they were aimed.
US President Joe Biden promised to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome batteries after the last round of fighting with Hamas in May, and again when he met with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office last month.
Shortly before the House Democrats’ decision, Biden told the UN General Assembly: “The commitment of the United States to Israel’s security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal.”
A senior diplomatic source said that just two hours before the Democrats changed course, Jerusalem was told the funding was on track. Israel wants to avoid being used for internal US political wrangling by Democrats or Republicans, the source added.
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) tweeted that “Iron Dome is a defensive system used by one of our closest allies to save civilian lives. It needs to be replenished because thousands of rockets were fired by the Hamas terrorists who control Gaza. Consider this my pushing back against this decision.”
Rep. Ritchie Torres, a progressive Democrat from New York said “a missile defense system (i.e. Iron Dome) defends civilians from missiles. Hence the name. Only in a morally inverted universe would this be considered a ‘controversy.’”
Though the GOP did not intend to vote for the bill, Republican leader in the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy tweeted: “Democrats just pulled funding from the Iron Dome – the missile defense system that has saved countless lives in Israel from Hamas’ rocket attacks. While Dems capitulate to the antisemitic influence of their radical members, Republicans will always stand with Israel."
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) responded to the change on Twitter saying that "Extremists in Congress are playing politics with Israeli & Palestinian lives.
"Calling to remove funding for a lifesaving defensive system is an affront to our values, risks further conflict, and is counter to the commitment made by Biden & supported by Congressional leadership."
2021 年 9 月 21 日 22:38
美國總統喬·拜登在紐約市第 76 屆聯合國大會上發表講話
“我們正在與 P5+1 合作，與伊朗進行外交接觸，尋求重返聯合全面行動計劃。如果伊朗也這樣做，我們準備恢復完全遵守，”拜登說。
自 1 月上任以來，拜登一直未能成功恢復 2015 年的伊朗協議，美國前總統唐納德特朗普政府於 2015 年退出該協議。歐盟斡旋在維也納舉行會談，以重啟德黑蘭與世界六大強國——美國之間簽署的協議、中國、俄羅斯、法國、德國和英國——上一次舉行是在 6 月。
伊朗官方通訊社 IRNA 稱，伊朗週二表示，談判將在幾週內恢復。
“伊斯蘭共和國考慮進行有益的會談，其最終結果是解除所有壓迫性的（美國）制裁，”賴西在講話中說，這是他自 6 月當選以來首次在聯合國大會上發言。
特朗普於 2018 年實施的美國製裁“是冠狀病毒大流行期間的危害人類罪”。Raisi 補充說，制裁是美國人與世界作戰的新方法。
陽光普照在聯合國總部聯合國秘書處大樓後面。美國紐約市，2021 年 6 月 18 日。（來源：REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY/文件照片）
“我今天站在這裡是 20 年來第一次美國沒有處於戰爭狀態。我們已經翻過了這一頁，”拜登說。“所有無與倫比的力量、能量、承諾、意志和資源，我們的國家現在完全專注於我們面前的事情，而不是後面的事情。”
拜登說：“我們已經結束了阿富汗 20 年的衝突，隨著這段無情戰爭的結束，我們正在開啟一個無情外交的新時代。”
“不過，今天的世界不是 2001 年的世界，”拜登指出。“而美國與 20 年前我們在 9/11 襲擊時所處的國家不同。今天，我們更有能力檢測和預防恐怖主義威脅，而且我們在擊退和應對恐怖威脅方面更有彈性，”他說。
“炸彈和子彈無法抵禦 COVID-19 或其未來的變種，”他說。“為了抗擊這種流行病，我們需要科學和政治意願的集體行動。我們需要盡快進行武器注射，並擴大獲得氧氣、測試和治療的機會，以挽救世界各地的生命。”
他呼籲世界各國領導人共同努力應對氣候挑戰。“為了實現將全球變暖限制在 1.5°C 的重要目標，當我們在格拉斯哥舉行 COP26 會議時，每個國家都需要提出他們最大的抱負，”他說。
Biden: 'We are prepared to return to full compliance' with the JCPOA if Iran does the same
In first UN address, Biden defended the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and expressed support for the two-state solution
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 22:38
US President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City
(photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)
US President Joe Biden called on Iran to return to the nuclear deal and said Israelis and Palestinians were still a “long way” from two-states, when he delivered his first high-level address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
“We are working with the P5+1 to engage Iran diplomatically, to seek a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We are prepared to return to full compliance if Iran does the same,” Biden said.
He underscored, however, that the “United States remains committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
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Since taking office in January, Biden has unsuccessfully sought to revive the 2015 Iran deal, which former US president Donald Trump’s administration exited in 2015. European Union-brokered talks in Vienna to restart the deal signed between Tehran and the six world powers – the US, China, Russia, France, Germany and Great Britain – were last held in June.
Iran said on Tuesday that talks would resume in a few weeks, the official Iranian news agency IRNA said.
Speaking hours later, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told the UNGA that Iran wants a resumption of nuclear talks with world powers to lead to the removal of US sanctions.
“The Islamic Republic considers the useful talks whose ultimate outcome is the lifting of all oppressive (US) sanctions,” Raisi said in his address, which was his first before the UNGA since his election in June.
US sanctions, imposed by Trump in 2018, “were crimes against humanity during the coronavirus pandemic.” Sanctions are the Americans’ new method of war with the world, Raisi added.
He swore that his country had no intention of developing nuclear weapons, stating that “nukes have no place in our defense doctrine and defense policy.”
Biden’s address dealt only briefly with Iran. He also made a few short comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He voiced support for the two-state solution but recognized that we are “long way from that goal at the moment.”
“The commitment of United States to Israel’s security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal, but I continue to believe that the two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace, alongside a viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state,” said Biden. “We’re a long way from that goal at this moment, but we must never allow ourselves to give up on the possibility of progress.”
The sun shines behind the United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters. New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY/FILE PHOTO)
Biden also dedicated parts of his speech to defend the US’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war. We’ve turned the page,” Biden said. “All the unmatched strength, energy, commitment, will and resources, our nation is now fully and squarely focused on what’s ahead of us, not what was behind.”
“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy,” said Biden.
Speaking about the aftermath of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden said that “those who commit acts of terrorism against us will continue to find a determined enemy in the United States.”
“The world today is not the world of 2001, though,” Biden noted. “And the United States is not the same country we were when we were attacked on 9/11, 20 years ago. Today, we’re better equipped to detect and prevent terrorist threats and we are more resilient in our ability to repel them and to respond,” he said.
“We’ll meet terrorist threats that arise today and in the future with a full range of tools available to us, including working in cooperation with local partners, so that we need not be so reliant on large-scale military deployments.”
US military power “must be our tool of last resort not our first and should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world,” Biden explained as he laid out his vision of America’s place in the international community.
He spoke in particular about the importance of global partnerships as he called on world leaders to join forces “to build a better future” and to address joint challenges such as climate change and COVID-19.
Speaking about the pandemic, Biden said that many of the world’s greatest concerns “cannot be solved or even addressed through the force of arms.”
“Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19 or its future variants,” he said. “To fight this pandemic, we need a collective act of science and political will. We need to get shots in arms as fast as possible and expand access to oxygen, tests, treatments to save lives around the world.”
He called on world leaders to work together to address climate challenges. “To keep within our reach the vital goal of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius, every nation needs to bring their highest possible ambitions to the table when we meet in Glasgow for COP26,” he said.
Reuters contributed to his report.
2021 年 9 月 21 日 16:38
2021 年 4 月 6 日，歐洲對外行動署 (EEAS) 副秘書長恩里克·莫拉 (Enrique Mora) 和伊朗外交部副部長阿巴斯·阿拉格奇 (Abbas Araghchi) 在奧地利維也納等待 JCPOA 聯合委員會會議的開始
據伊朗官方通訊社 IRNA 報導，伊朗週二表示，將在幾週內恢復與世界大國就恢復其 2015 年核協議的談判。
“每次會議都需要事先協調和準備議程。正如之前強調的那樣，維也納會談將很快恢復，並在接下來的幾週內恢復，”伊朗外交部發言人賽義德·哈蒂布扎德說，據 IRNA 報導。
世界大國在維也納舉行了美國和伊朗之間的六輪間接會談，試圖找出雙方如何重新遵守核協議，該協議於 2018 年被美國前總統唐納德特朗普放棄。
甘茨在談到美國總統喬·拜登的努力時說：“美國目前將伊朗核計劃放回盒子裡的做法，我接受這一點，但補充說，他希望美國製定一個包含經濟制裁的 B 計劃，”並提到以色列的C計劃，其中涉及軍事反應。
Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers to resume within a few weeks
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the UN General Assembly in New York.
By REUTERS, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 16:38
European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria April 6, 2021
(photo credit: EU DELEGATION IN VIENNA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Iran said on Tuesday that talks with world powers over reviving its 2015 nuclear deal would resume in a few weeks, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
"Every meeting requires prior coordination and the preparation of an agenda. As previously emphasized, the Vienna talks will resume soon and over the next few weeks," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to IRNA.
The report came soon after the UK Foreign Office said earlier on Tuesday that Britain and the United States agreed on the need for Iran to return to negotiations in Vienna on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump ends the JCPOA. (credit: REUTERS)
Last week, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel could accept a return to a US-brokered Iran nuclear deal, but they are calling on Washington to have a demonstration of power ready should negotiations turn sour.
“The current US approach of putting the Iran nuclear program back in a box, I’d accept that,” Gantz said, referring to US President Joe Biden's efforts, but added that he wants the US to have a plan B with economic sanctions, and referred to Israel's plan C, which involves a military response.
希臘機場當局逮捕了這對夫婦，儘管他們的 COVID-19 檢測呈陽性，但仍試圖進入他們的預定航班。
2021 年 9 月 21 日 12:36
遊客於 2020 年 9 月 8 日進入希臘克里特島伊拉克利翁機場候機室。 遊客於 2020 年 9 月 8 日進入希臘克里特島伊拉克利翁機場候機室。
據希臘新聞媒體 Ekriti 報導，一對以色列夫婦在周一晚上檢測出COVID-19呈陽性後，因試圖逃跑而在克里特島被捕。
在伊拉克利翁國際機場進行的例行檢測中，丈夫的冠狀病毒檢測呈陽性。據希臘報導，據信他和他的妻子都與確診的 COVID 病例有密切接觸。
儘管 COVID-19 檢測呈陽性，但希臘機場當局仍獲悉這對夫婦試圖進入預定航班。
2021 年 8 月 11 日，以色列人在耶路撒冷 Meuhedet 健康維護組織中心接受 COVID 檢測。（圖片來源：MARC ISRAEL SELLEM）
希臘目前被以色列衛生部列為橙色國家，這意味著接種了兩次疫苗的以色列遊客可以進入希臘，而無需進行陰性的 COVID 測試。
9 月初，衛生部決定免除從橙色國家返回時接受 COVID-19 助推器注射的以色列人的隔離。
COVID: Israeli couple arrested in Greece after testing positive
Greek airport authorities arrested the couple who had attempted to enter their scheduled flight despite a positive COVID-19 test.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 12:36
Tourists enter the departures lounge of the airport of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Greece, September 8, 2020.Tourists enter the departures lounge of the airport of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Greece, September 8, 2020.
(photo credit: REUTERS/STEFANOS RAPANIS)
An Israeli couple was arrested in Crete for trying to escape after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday night, Greek news outlet Ekriti reported.
The husband tested positive for coronavirus during routine testing done at Heraklion International Airport. Both he and his wife were believed to be in close contact with a confirmed COVID case, according to Greek reports.
Greek airport authorities were notified of the couple attempting to enter their scheduled flight despite the positive COVID-19 test.
Police officers detained and handcuffed the couple and placed them at a quarantine hotel in Heraklion, Crete.
Israeli receiving a COVID test at Meuhedet Health Maintenance Organization center in Jerusalem on August 11, 2021. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Greece is currently listed as an orange country by the Israeli Health Ministry, meaning Israeli tourists who were vaccinated twice can enter Greece without a negative COVID test.
Earlier in September, the Health Ministry made a decision to exempt Israelis who received the COVID-19 booster shot from isolation when returning from orange countries.
In June, former Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen met with her Greek counterpart at the annual conference for tourism in Athens and agreed on the price of coronavirus tests for Israelis returning from Greece, as well the type of tests to be used and accepted.
2021 年 9 月 21 日 19:56
Yahya Sinwar 於 2011 年 10 月 18 日抵達埃及和加沙之間的拉法過境點，在被以色列釋放後作為被綁架士兵吉拉德·沙利特的囚犯交換的一部分
哈馬斯政治局成員扎赫爾·賈巴林 (Zaher Jabarin) 週一表示，哈馬斯已向調解人提供了與以色列達成囚犯交換協議的“清晰路線圖” 。
繼續觀看31個國家今天抵制反以色列德班第四次會議 – FM廣告後
2011 年的交易由德國和埃及的調解人促成，釋放了 1,027 名巴勒斯坦囚犯，以換取被關押在加沙地帶的被綁架的以色列國防軍士兵沙利特。
以色列人 Hadar Goldin、Oron Shaul、Avera Mengistu 和 Hisham Al-Sayed 在加沙被哈馬斯關押（圖片來源：COURTESY OF THE FAMILY/FACEBOOK）
Hamas presents ‘roadmap’ for prisoner swap with Israel
It is widely believed that the Egyptians are leading efforts to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 19:56
Yahya Sinwar arrives at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza on October 18, 2011, after being released by Israel as part of a prisoner swap for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas has presented mediators with a “clear road map” for a prisoner exchange agreement with Israel, Zaher Jabarin, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said on Monday.
Jabarin did not provide details about the alleged road map. He also did not name the mediators involved in the contacts to reach a prisoner exchange agreement, although it is widely believed that the Egyptians are leading efforts to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas.
He said the Hamas leadership and its armed wing “pay special attention to the prisoners’ issue, especially those serving lengthy sentences.”
Jabarin said Hamas was also insisting on the release of all ex-prisoners who were re-arrested after being freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal.
The 2011 deal, brokered by German and Egyptian mediators, saw the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in return for kidnapped IDF soldier Shalit, who was being held in the Gaza Strip.
“Freeing the prisoners of the last swap deal who were re-arrested will be a condition for the completion of any upcoming deal,” Jabarin said in a statement. “The occupation tries to obtain information about its soldiers without paying any price.”
Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza (credit: COURTESY OF THE FAMILY/FACEBOOK)
The Hamas official claimed that Israel tried to link the issue of the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip with a prisoner exchange.
“Hamas and the resistance leadership categorically rejected it and informed all mediators of the impossibility of linking the two files,” he added.
Hamas is holding the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who were killed in the 2014 war with Israel, as well as two Israeli citizens, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who crossed into the Gaza Strip of their own accord in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
從 COVID 中康復的入境旅客不再需要 PCR 檢測
衛生部更新紅色、橙色和黃色國家/地區清單 • 40% 的每日新增 COVID 病例是阿拉伯人
2021 年 9 月 21 日 23:08
2021 年 8 月 5 日，由於以色列更多地限制航空旅行，旅客在本古里安國際機場 3 號航站樓戴上防護口罩。
衛生部在住棚節開始前宣布，在過去三個月內從 COVID-19 中康復的個人將不再需要在登上飛往以色列的航班之前進行 PCR 測試。
到目前為止，康復者必須提前向例外委員會提交申請表，才能免於接受 PCR 測試。現在，根據部際例外委員會周日深夜做出的決定，這項請求將是不必要的。
要獲得資格，旅行者必須在 11 天到三個月前測試呈陽性。除了填寫入境旅客聲明外，他們還必須出示陽性測試結果，這是任何進入該國的人所必需的。
Scottish Government has 'real concerns' over testing changes for international travellers
萊比錫主帥馬爾施“興奮”在 UCL 測試中迎戰曼城
抗原或其他測試的陽性測試結果不符合條件，但以色列的不基於 PCR 測試且在過去三個月內簽發的恢復證書就足夠了。
由 AID Genomics 處理的 PCR 測試（來源：AID GENOMICS）
衛生部還在周一更新了紅色、橙色和黃色國家的名單。從 9 月 27 日開始，墨西哥將不再是一個紅色或被禁止的國家。
自 9 月 3 日起，已接受第三次加強注射的人——或在過去六個月內接種過兩劑經批准的疫苗、康復或在康復後接種過一次疫苗的人——不再需要隔離七到八次。 14 天返回。相反，他們可以在機場進行 PCR 測試，並在獲得陰性結果或 24 小時後被釋放 - 以先到者為準。
未接種疫苗或未康復的人入境時必須隔離 7 至 14 天，無論他們來自何處。
據 N12 週二晚報導，以色列已要求歐盟和美國僅將符合以色列標準的以色列人視為已接種疫苗。這意味著任何 12 歲以上的人在六個月前接種了兩次疫苗並且沒有接種加強疫苗的人都不會被視為在國外接種了疫苗。
新聞台還提到，自從美國食品藥品監督管理局上週裁定，目前還沒有足夠的證據可以給所有超過16 歲，但僅限於 65 歲以上的人。該電台表示，由於住棚節假期，外出的人數也可能減少。
根據衛生部周一公佈的數據，週日檢測出冠狀病毒呈陽性的人中約有 40% 來自阿拉伯人。與此同時，所有新病例中約有 40% 是 11 歲以下的兒童。
這兩個數據點可能齊頭並進，因為與 9 月 1 日開始上學但大部分時間都在家裡過猶太假期的猶太兒童不同，阿拉伯兒童一直在繼續學習。
“最近幾天我們看到有所增加，”衛生部阿拉伯部門負責人 Ayman Saif 在接受 Ynet 採訪時說。“我們的教育系統是完全開放的，這個月學生們都在正常學習，大部分的發病率都在學校裡。”
總的來說，衛生部報告說，週日診斷出 6,456 例新病例，在 126,000 人中約有 5% 的人檢測呈陽性。這是自 8 月中旬以來最低的陽性率之一。週一晚上，它報告了 8,691 人——這也是接受篩查的 172,000 多人中的 5% 左右。
截至週一晚上，有 710 人被列為病情嚴重，其中 187 人已經通風。重症病例基本穩定在700例左右。
大多數住院和嚴重病例往往發生在老年人和/或未接種疫苗的人群中。根據衛生部的最新數據，近 70% 的嚴重病例未接種疫苗。與此同時，上個月住院的重症患者中有80%的年齡在50歲以上。
在上個月死亡的 129 人中，有 80 多人沒有接種疫苗。
Incoming passengers recovered from COVID to no longer need a PCR test
Health Ministry updates list of red, orange and yellow countries • 40% of new daily COVID cases are Arabs
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 23:08
Travellers wear protective face masks at Terminal 3, Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel restricts air travel more, on August 05, 2021.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90)
Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months will no longer be required to take a PCR test before boarding a flight to Israel, the Health Ministry announced just before the start of Sukkot.
Until now, recoverers had to submit an application form to the Exceptions Committee in advance in order to be exempt from taking a PCR test. Now, this request will not be necessary, according to a decision made by the Inter-Ministerial Exceptions Committee late Sunday night.
To qualify, travelers must have tested positive between 11 days and three months prior. They must present their positive test result in addition to filling out the incoming passenger statement, which is required for anyone entering the country.
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The committee said the decision was already conveyed to the airlines and goes into effect immediately.
This does not change the rules for entering the country, of course.
PCR tests processed by AID Genomics (credit: AID GENOMICS)
To date, Israel is not open to individual tourists but only to first-degree relatives of people living in Israel and select groups of others – all with special approval. Small, pre-approved tourist groups are also allowed to visit.
All Israelis are free to enter the country.
The Health Ministry also updated the list of red, orange and yellow countries on Monday. Beginning September 27, Mexico will no longer be a red or banned country.
Only three red countries remain: Bulgaria, Brazil and Turkey. To travel to red countries, people must obtain special approval from the Exceptions Committee.
The list of yellow countries was also released: Austria, Bahrain, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Gabon, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan and Uruguay.
All other countries are considered orange.
As of September 3, people who have received a third booster shot – or within the last six months have been vaccinated with two doses of an approved vaccine, recovered or have received one shot after recovering – are no longer required to be isolated for seven to 14 days on return. Instead, they can take a PCR test at the airport and be released once a negative result is obtained or 24 hours has passed – whichever comes first.
People who are not vaccinated or recovered must be isolated for seven to 14 days when they enter the country regardless of where they came from.
Israel has asked the European Union and the United States to only consider Israelis as vaccinated if they meet the Israeli criteria, N12 reported Tuesday night. This would mean that anyone over the age of 12 who was vaccinated with two shots more than six months ago and has not gotten the booster shot would not be considered vaccinated abroad.
The news station also mentioned that the daily rate of people being administered the third shot has declined by around 20% per day, since the US Food and Drug Administration ruled last week that there was not yet enough evidence to give third shots to all people over the age of 16 but only to those over 65. It is also likely that fewer people are turning out because of the Sukkot holiday, the station said.
That’s bad news for Israel, where the infection rate has remained high.
About 40% of people who tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday were from the Arab population, according to data released Monday by the Health Ministry. At the same time, about 40% of all new cases were children under the age of 11.
The two data points likely go hand-in-hand since, unlike Jewish children who started school on September 1 but have largely been at home for the Jewish holidays, Arab children have continued learning straight through.
“There is an increase we are seeing in recent days,” said Ayman Saif, head of the Arab desk for the Health Ministry in an interview with Ynet. “Our education system is completely open and the students are studying normally this month, and most of the morbidity is in the schools.”
He said that “quite a few classrooms” are closed and children are in isolation, which has led to an increase in testing, and logically more hidden or asymptomatic cases of coronavirus have been found.
In general, the Health Ministry reported that 6,456 new cases were diagnosed on Sunday, with around 5% of the 126,000 people screened testing positive. This is one of the lowest positivity rates since mid-August. On Monday night, it reported 8,691 - also around 5% of the more than 172,000 people who were screened.
There were 710 people classified as being in serious condition, including 187 who were ventilated as of Monday night. The number of serious cases has largely remained stable at around 700.
The majority of hospitalized and serious cases tend to be among older and/or unvaccinated people. Nearly 70% of serious cases were unvaccinated, according to the ministry’s latest data. At the same time, 80% of those hospitalized in serious condition in the last month were over the age of 50.
Of the 129 people who died in the last month, more than 80 were unvaccinated.