He presented himself as the only candidate who could terminate the agreement with Pfizer to ensure the early delivery of millions of vaccines, and boasts of his personal appeals to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who as the son of Holocaust survivors a great relationship with Israel.
Mr Netanyahu even mailed a snippet from South Park, the American animated sitcom, which acknowledges Israel’s supremacy.
According to experts, his claim is that the virus in the rearview mirror is too optimistic.
Just a few months ago, Israel’s daily infection rates and mortality rates were among the worst in the world. By February, Israel was also the leader in the world number of lock-in days. About two million Israelis under 16 have so far not been vaccinated, and about one million eligible citizens so far have chosen not to do so.
With a large proportion of the adult population now vaccinated, the infection rates were weekly drops dramatically. But there are still more than a thousand new cases per day, an infection rate that, adapted to the population, remains higher than that of the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Spain and others.
Health officials have approved the reopening of businesses and leisure activities. But they sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on lifting quotas on airport arrivals, in part to allow Israeli citizens to return and vote abroad.
“The Supreme Court takes responsibility for the risk of mutations entering Israel,” said Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kish. wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations to all of us.”
Critics blame the government for failing to put in place a reliable system to enforce quarantine for people entering the country, and health experts warn they could introduce dangerous variants of the virus that are more resistant to the vaccine.