‘Beginning of the End’: Netanyahu Likens First Arrival of COVID Vaccines in Israel to ‘Pearl Harbor’

Israel’s mass vaccination drive, which has already administered both shots to over half the population, along with lockdown measures, succeeded in bringing down the number of new daily COVID-19 cases from 8,600 at the peak of the crisis to just 19 on 6 June, with authorities gradually lifting restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could barely contain his enthusiasm on Sunday as he drew the unlikely comparison between the arrival of the first batch of coronavirus vaccines in israel and the Japanese bombing of the US naval base Pearl Harbor, reported The Times of Israel.

2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded in the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon then-neutral country the United States on 7 December 1941, with America formally entering World War II the next day.

The 71-year-old Netanyahu – Israel’s longest-serving prime minister – made the comments at a ceremony honouring institutions and workers who helped deal with the coronavirus health crisis.

This is not the first time Netanyahu, who has served a total of 15 years during two stints in office, has made mention of the Pearl Harbor attack in a positive light.

In 2002, Netanyahu told a US congressional hearing on Iraq that Pearl Harbor “was a pivotal event that opened the eyes of Americans, and once their eyes were opened they gathered the power that is available in this great free nation, and the result was…

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