Update, 1/31: The airport will remain closed through at least next Sunday and a hotel quarantine will be required for anyone who arrives into Israel from abroad on a rescue flight.
Update, 1/27: Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Ben Gurion Airport will remain closed past January 31st, though the length of the closure extension is still being negotiated. Previously it was rumored that the airport could remain closed until March to allow for Israel to vaccinate nearly all of its adult population. We may see week by week extensions as Israel examines the results of the closure.
Israel is also closing land borders with Egypt and Jordan. The Allenby Crossing with Jordan will only be open to residents of Judea and Samaria.
That will officially kill the Avi Liberman loophole that people were using to fly in and out of airports in those countries.
Originally posted on 1/24:
The Israeli government has voted to close Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion Airport from Tuesday at 12AM through at least 11:59pm on Sunday, January 31st.
All passenger flights will be banned during that time period. Charter flights will be approved only in cases of life and death or cargo flights.
Even charter aliya flights will be cancelled.
Israel hopes to vaccinate 1 million Israelis during that timeframe.
Some ministers wanted a shutdown until March to allow for time to vaccinate nearly all of the adults in Israel, but for now an agreement was reached to close the airport through the end of the month.
Do you think that Israel will extend the closure of the airport past Sunday?
HT: Ellie B.