The Subcommittee on Intelligence, Secret Services, Captives and Missing Soldiers, unanimously voted on Monday to grant the government an additional 48 hours to place on the Knesset’s table a bill that would grant the executive branch special emergency powers aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among other things, the bill would allow the Israeli Security Agency, also known by the acronym Shabak or the Shin Bet, to take part in the efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

On May 26, 2020, the subcommittee approved in a majority vote the government’s request to extend the validity of the Shin Bet’s authorization to use cell phone data to retrace the movements of people who have contracted the coronavirus and identify others who should be quarantined because their paths crossed. The authorization was extended until June 16, 2020, or until the relevant legislation is completed; whichever comes first.