The rules have been in place for three seasons, and they are by far the lowest ranked of the WT teams, so it's not just that they had a couple of bad months with illnesses although I think that pointing to the disproportionate impact of Covid is going to be a good case for them. They also appear to have whiffed on some of the points farms, like picking out races that not too many other teams were doing (see BikeExchange using the Spanish mini-season pre-Giro, for example, where there were very few WT teams to compete with). I may have exaggerated somewhat mis-remembering the illness situation around races like the UAE Tour for Lotto, but certainly when it came to things like the Vuelta they were clearly lining up an odds-and-sods lineup to keep their main points ponies for the smaller races knowing that a lot of the other teams had their A-teams either resting post-Tour or in Spain for the Vuelta.Why do you even think that? They literally started with a complete roster in basically every WT race this year. Apart from a few in the beginning of the year were riders got sick last minute (when basically every team was having throuble turning up to races with a full roster because the whole peloton was getting sick).
This is also a stretch. Israel was hit by Covid and other diseases ridiculously hard the first few months of the season. They couldn't even start certain classics because they didn't have the minimum amount of fit riders that are needed to be able to start a race (UCI rules). After the classics they started spamming races just like Lotto did (and teams like Cofidis, Arkea and Intermarché had been doing for years), but they simply failed getting enough results in those. Nothing to do with ignoring the situation they were in for too long. Their riders simply weren't good enough to reverse the damage that was done in the first half of the season. Israel was like a 1000 points ahaed of teams like Arkea and Cofidis at the beginning of the season but then lost a lot of ground the first months cause they just couldn't race enough because of sickness.
Also why I don't get why people think Israel is done for. If their riders stay (and honestly they will, they'll still get a lot of WCs, probably even for the Tour and they won't get the money they're getting now elsewhere) they will have a way better season than last year (def with Teuns added), I'm convinced they'll be in the top 2 PCT Teams next year pretty easily. People are completely forgetting they probably had the most amount of bad luck out of everyone the first half of this season, no way that happens again.
I don't think people think Israel is done for... unless as per Adams' comments the sponsors pull the plug because they were expecting automatic invites. I think it's a bit of triumphalism that a rich man's plaything team that has spent its budget irresponsibly and an owner with a sense of entitlement, whose leadership is comprised primarily of known quantities and past-their-prime former stars, has got burnt. With the roster they've got, they shouldn't have any trouble getting wildcards to the biggest races just on name value alone and in reality even if they lose any case with the UCI they're likely to get to do almost any race they want, and it might even be better for them (having a team with enough money and talent to do a Cervélo or BMC at the ProTeam level for the first time in years might be good, to try to arrest the clear Premier Leagueification of the sport that has rendered wildcard teams largely an irrelevance in recent years). I just think that after Adams threw his toys out the pram and threatened to see the UCI in court like the stereotypical rich man with a chip on his shoulder, people are enjoying seeing the entitled characters behind it cut down to size a bit. Rather like how most people were not in favour of the Pegasus debacle or the Aqua Blue Sport implosion for the riders, but enjoyed the dollar store Tinkoffs in charge of those teams getting a dose of humility.