Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Tomorrow all Israeli citizens will start an indefinite state-mandated confinement. From tomorrow morning, a few arrogant and power-hungry bureaucrats made famous by the media and encouraged by our politicians will dictate all aspects of our private life.
The funny part is that those same bureaucrats and politicians with absolute power on us, have absolutely no idea what they are doing. They aren't even shy in admitting their lack of knowledge nor fighting their disagreements on national news to the delight of our journalists. Not a very comforting feeling!
So from tomorrow, I will not be able to walk further than 100 meters away from my house. I won't be allowed to take a long walk in nature or go for a run. I am not religious, so I cannot use the special freedom exemption permits given to synagogues goers. Yes, although synagogues have shown to be the largest source of infection in 25% of the cases and walking outside seems to have none, our government has decided so far that walking isn't a positive activity, but praying is.
Those rules will probably change during the day or tonight, but in the end, only activities deemed reasonable and positive, according to the State, will be allowed.
Does it feel weird? Yes, it does.
The terrible effects of the current policies will haunt us for years. The government's disproportionate response goes far beyond a temporary economic disruption. I am not a medical expert, but I reasonably believe that life under confinement is not the most healthy environment for mind and body.
Did those bureaucrats even think about the consequences or putting millions of citizens in jail, some of them in solitary confinement? Most probably not, because those are long term problems and political survival only knows today. They are too occupied hiding their failure to keep a functioning public health service and their enormous unpreparedness in the face of a biohazard (as reported by the State Comptroller Report published Tuesday).
They are not deciding on how to save the country and the citizens; they are playing political games to keep their power as they did before and will do after. But this time they aren't playing with our money only, they are playing with our freedom, our livelihoods, our families.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, our jailers keep their jobs, their salaries, their special permits for positive and acceptable activities. At the same time, we are in jail, some of us already unemployed, trying to keep our sanity and our families safe.
"And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government." Milton Friedman