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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke live Saturday night about the dramatic and rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Israel.

Netanyahu said that Israel did not reach the number of deaths seen in other countries, thanks to the timely and precautionary measures instituted by the government.

He also emphasized that climate is "not a factor" where coronavirus is concerned, noting that in a number of countries with climates similar to Israel, such as Iran, Turkey, and Egypt, the death toll from coronavirus has been exceptionally high, as was the number of deaths in chilly Belgium.

Netanyahu also said that the government had reopened the economy and educational system "on an experimental basis." If Israel saw another wave of coronavirus cases, he said, the protective measures would be reinstated.

In the meantime, Netanyahu said he has asked the Public Security Minister and Justice Minister to allow for increased police inspections and the administration of coronavirus safety measures. Until now, he said, inspections have been carried out on a very low scale, but this will change in the near future.

The virus is not "skipping over" Israel, he emphasized. "Everyone is responsible for one another, and must take care that they do not get infected, and do not infect others."

"If people keep the rules, G-d willing, they will keep us safe," he added, noting that the decision whether or not Israel will need another lockdown rests with each and every Israeli.