This is a good question. The short answer is: We did so well in the beginning and so we do more poorly now. I’ll explain. It’s not complicated.
In the first wave, Israel was part of the best. We did very well. And the population was very fond of the government. First stop the infection, then restart the economy. Jews all over the world started making alliyah.
So, we got rid of the epidemic in the first wave with some 400 deaths, which is in comparison not so bad.
But then the second wave started.
The Virus had weakened (became less deadly) but had become more contagious.
Our patience had worn thin. We got sick and tired (pun not intended) of all the prevention and financial worries.
More and more people said: to hell with the masks. Which is not what you do in a more contagious epidemic.
Incitement against the government has reached an unprecedented and dangerous height.
Now in Israel, the number of sick per day per million inhabitants is among the highest in the world because, in other countries, they’re in the middle of the first wave or have not started the second wave yet.
Therefore, we did very well but we need to keep it up a couple of more months or quarters, until we get vaccinated.
Total numbers on the whole of the pandemic don’t show this worse state of Israel because they stand in the shade of how well we did during the first wave. To see how grave the situation is now, look at the number of the newly sick/day, million. Several examples (no cherry-picking): USA 7%, Brazil 5%, Sweden 7%, the Netherlands 3%, and Israel 15%!
NB: Violators of the health restrictions are like drunk drivers: They kill many more people than just themselves. They need to be discouraged, stopped, and face consequences. Fines aren’t enough, and especially regarding community leaders. They should be arrested and put on trial.
Those who let a Rebbe get away with holding a 2,000-men wedding amidst a pandemic are no different from officials in Beirut who let 2,750 ton ammonium nitrate (for Hezbollah?) sit in a port warehouse for six years.
NB: I’m not sure that the giant Dr. Fauci is right when he says that the best thing to do for people in a closed space is to have the windows open. The main idea of social distancing is that exhaled droplets in our breaths slowly swivel down within two meters of the one exhaling if they don’t yell or sing loudly. But, in a draft, I’m not sure the droplets will actually settle down on the floor. They might keep flying, ready to be inhaled by everyone present.