In an appeal for all Israelis to get vaccinated amidst rising cases across the nation, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accused unvaccinated citizens of potentially endangering the life of the entire population.
“We want to have an open and safe country. We are managing this campaign responsibly… and on the basis of facts and data,” Bennett said during a televised national event this week.
He added that the government’s aim is to allow Israelis to go about their lives unimpeded and not to reimpose COVID-19 lockdown measures. Bennett urged all Israelis older than 12 to get immunized, saying, “Every citizen over age 12 who doesn’t have a medical reason not to must go get vaccinated. One million Israelis are refusing to get vaccinated,” Bennett continued. “They are endangering the entire population, they are endangering the other 8 million citizens in the country.”
He warned that the vaccine deniers could cause the government to impose a fourth national lockdown since the pandemic began, making matters worse for the economy. “If you know a vaccine refuser, convince them, explain to them that they are risking others’ health,” he said. “Don’t give up on them.”
In Israel, 901 new cases were confirmed on Thursday, bringing active infections to 9,742.