British Prime Minister Johnson: We need some of the spirit of Israel to fight COVID-19 in the UK

GLASGOW – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is looking to Israel to learn how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, in a meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Tuesday.

“We need to learn from Israel’s booster vaccination operation,” Johnson said.

While the UK has started administering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson said they should try to move “at the speed of Israel.”

“We need some of his spirit in Britain,” Johnson said.

Bennett also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Glasgow, thanking him for being “the person who again accelerated relations between India and Israel.”

PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the start of the COP26 conference in Glasgow on Monday. (credit: GPO)

“I know it comes from the heart. It is not a question of interests, but a deep belief that you have, and we feel it, ”said Bennett. “On behalf of all the citizens of Israel, we appreciate your new approach.”

Bennett mentioned that the high-tech company he ran 20 years ago merged with an Indian company and that Israelis and Indians worked well together and have a lot to learn from each other.

“Our goal is to continue the wonderful path that I traveled with my predecessor and take it to a new level to ensure that both countries work together on innovation, technology, space, security, agriculture, food technology and, of course, climate technology,” he said. .

Bennett also met with Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

“We must work towards a better future, and that is what we hope to do,” Al Khalifa told Bennett.

“We haven’t seen anything yet,” Bennett told him.

In his meeting with Bennett, Johnson also apologized to Energy Minister Karin Elharrar for being unable to enter the conference the day before due to wheelchair accessibility issues.

Elharrar, who has muscular dystrophy, was taken to multiple entrances over the course of two hours and was unable to enter the Scottish Event Campus where the climate conference was held, despite claims that the event would be accessible to people. with disabilities.

Johnson invited Elharrar to join his meeting with Bennett after the Israeli prime minister told him about the incident at a reception for world leaders on Monday.

Bennett had Elharrar’s car added to her caravan on Tuesday so she could easily get into the conference.

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