Due to the new “Omicron” Coronavirus variant, Israel has closed its borders to tourists once again. This is a very frustrating development to the tourist industry, which was just beginning to reopen after almost two years of being shut down. There are already a handful of suspected cases of the variant in Israel, all of which entered through the international airport. Many tour groups and tourists were expected to come to Israel for the Hanukkah holiday, and throughout December for the Christmas holiday. Sadly, many businesses that were depending on this season will continue to struggle. Please pray for the individuals and businesses that continue to suffer from the lack of work in the tourism sector. Please also pray that this variant will not spread throughout Israel, causing a fifth wave of infections. Lastly, please continue to pray for wisdom for Israeli officials as they face difficult decisions every day regarding the pandemic.
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