Employees at dozens of branches of the Israeli Employment Service have churned their way through over 900,000 new applications since the start of March, as the unemployment rate has exceeded 25%
The Israeli Employment Service said that a total of 20,413 new applicants registered for unemployment benefits on Sunday night and Monday, bringing the total number of claimants to over 962,500.
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'We are in contact with [the Palestinian Authority] because the virus has no borders, and doesn't know to distinguish between ethnic groups, religions or nations.'
Domestic butter has been a rare sight on Israeli supermarket shelves since early 2019, with local producers protesting reduced profits due to government-set prices and high duties on imported goods.
"As the time required to eradicate the virus grows longer, the economic impact grows exponentially."
Likud polls have shown that appointing Barkat as finance minister would help the party attract soft-right voters from Blue and White.
Former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is reportedly set to be appointed finance minister.
"Many appointments were made for wrong reasons, and this must be checked," the movement's head, attorney Eliad Shraga said.