Professor Ben-Israel is the chairman of the Israeli Space Agency and the National Council for Research and Development, the head of the Security Studies program at Tel Aviv University, and a former MK for the Kadima party. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.
Excerpted From Daily Wire: Analysis of novel coronavirus-related international graphs and comparisons suggests stay-at-home orders and lockdowns do not have an effect on the shelf-life of COVID-19, which is about eight weeks, professor and Israel Space Agency chairman Isaac Ben-Israel explained Monday.
In light of his findings, the highly-regarded PhD has urged Israel to start re-opening the economy immediately and be back to full capacity by the end of April, arguing that Israel “will pay with more human lives with our health system in the current state.”
According to Ben-Israel, the nation is “already in the final stages of the coronavirus epidemic,” an Israeli National News report detailed Monday.
“The incidence of patients was greater by the day,” explained the professor. “This was during the first four weeks after the epidemic was discovered in Israel. As of the sixth week, the increase in the number of patients has been moderate, peaking in the sixth week at 700 patients per day. Since then it has been declining, and today there are only 300 new patients. In two weeks it will reach zero and there will be no more new patients.”
“This is how it is all over the world. Both in countries where they have taken closure steps like Italy and in countries that have not had closures like Taiwan or Singapore,” Ben-Israel emphasized. “In such and such countries there is an increase until the fourth to sixth week, and immediately thereafter moderation until during the eighth week it disappears.”
“This is happening both in countries that have closed down like us and in those that have not closed until today like Sweden, every country no matter its response. The decline and rise occur according to the same timeline,” Ben-Israel continued.
“I propose that we end the closures immediately after the current week,” he urged Israel.
“What bothers me is the damage to the economy,” he said. “We are paying NIS 100 billion a month because of this closure. This also has implications for health. We will pay with more human lives with our health system in the current state.”