JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Restaurateur Tamir Barelko has had enough.

A youth wearing a protective face mask sits on a pavement near shuttered shops amid Israel’s second national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Ashkelon, Israel October 7, 2020. Picture taken October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel’s decision last month to impose a second nationwide lockdown after a resurgence in coronavirus infections has dealt a hammer blow to the economy and the livelihoods of small business owners, Barelko says.

He launched a petition calling for small businesses to defy the lockdown and reopen from Sunday, the end of the Jewish holiday season, and has attracted more than 60,000 supporters for his campaign on Facebook FB.O over the past two weeks.

The finance ministry and central bank support reopening offices of companies that can avoid face-to-face contact with customers, or employ less than 10 workers – highlighting growing tensions over Prime Minister

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a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

  • Congress is gearing up for a major Supreme Court nomination battle, absorbing most of the attention away from another coronavirus relief bill.
  • The GOP’s swift action on the court appointment is a stark contrast with its reluctance to approve additional stimulus spending earlier this year.
  • “It’s like coasting up a mountain where every further inch that you go, you risk stopping and begin to go backwards,” said Ernie Tedeschi, an Evercore policy economist.
  • Given the Supreme Court battle, the prospect of additional aid for people and businesses before Americans cast their ballots on November 3 is extremely slim.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

With a fierce battle over a Supreme Court replacement underway, Congress is shifting its attention away from passing another coronavirus relief package. Senate Republicans, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are moving swiftly to

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  • Congress is gearing up for a major Supreme Court nomination battle, absorbing most of the attention away from another coronavirus relief bill.
  • The GOP’s swift action on the high court appointment is a stark contrast to their reluctance to approve additional stimulus spending earlier this year.
  • “It’s like coasting up a mountain where every further inch that you go, you risk stopping and begin to go backwards,” Evercore policy economist Ernie Tedeschi said.
  • The prospect of additional aid to individuals and businesses is extremely slim before Americans cast their ballots on November 3, given the Supreme Court battle underway.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

 

With a fierce Supreme Court replacement battle underway, Congress is shifting its attention away from passing another coronavirus relief package. Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are moving swiftly to confirm a third Supreme Court justice appointed by President Donald Trump.

It’s a

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