An Israeli cabinet minister, Mr. Yaakov Litzman has resigned in
protest against plans to impose a second national lockdown.
Mr. Litzman, the Housing Minister said the restrictions would prevent
Jewish people from celebrating religious festivals later this month.
Mr. Litzman, who leads an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, while
threatening to pull his party out of the governing coalition said it
is wrong and scorn hundreds of thousands of citizens.
The lockdown is due to come into force on Friday, the Jewish New Year,
and affect Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, on
The measures will be the most extensive imposed in Israel since the
country’s first lockdown, which ran from late March until early May.
Israel, which has a population of about nine million, has reported
more than three thousand new cases a day in recent weeks.