An empty departures gate at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in September 2020 (Photo: Hen Mazzig via Twitter)

Was Israel wrong to close its borders to World Jewry?

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As Omicron cases surge in Israel, the country’s Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash concluded that travel bans were “futile in preventing the spread of coronavirus,” Haaretz reported. This past Sunday, the country reopened its skies to vaccinated foreign travelers.

Israel has kept its borders closed to tourists for most of the pandemic. At the beginning of November, the country started to allow vaccinated foreigners to enter the country but by the end of the month, due to the Omicron variant, it shut its do...

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