Israeli Businesses Seek Workarounds as Covid-19 Lockdown Hits Their Bottom Lines

TEL AVIV—Israel’s second national lockdown is fraying as businesses buck operating restrictions and Israelis grow desperate to secure their livelihoods while the government assesses whether to extend an unpopular shutdown.

A shoe-store owner in Tel Aviv became a symbol of the growing frustration earlier this week when a video clip of him tossing his stock into the street for people to cart away went viral. “I thought that if I can’t make money, at least I can give to others,” Avi Samay, a father of three, told Israel’s Army…


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