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UK PM Johnson: We need some of Israel’s spirit to fight COVID-19 in UK

CM 02/11/2021


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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 in Glasgow on Tuesday.
“We need everybody in our country to learn from the Israeli booster campaign and get their jab,” Johnson stated.
While the UK has begun administering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson said they need to try to move “at Israeli speed.”

“We need some of that spirit in the UK as well,” Johnson said.
The UK prime minister noted that he and Bennett had been in touch for months to talk about fighting COVID. 

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

He called Israel’s vaccine rollout “astonishing,” saying Israel “showed the whole world a pretty clean pair of heels” by running ahead of everyone. 
Bennett congratulated Johnson for hosting the climate conference. 
UK involvement was “instrumental” in helping Israel launch a new policy for Climate change, he added. 
“We have now changed our policy on this and for the first time in our history, committed to zero emissions 2050. And we mean business,” Bennett stated. 
“I think you can do it faster, frankly,” Johnson said. 
Bennett also called Johnson “a huge friend to Israel.”
Bennett also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Glasgow, and thanked him for being “the person who re-accelerated the relations between India and Israel.”
“I know it comes from the heart. It’s not a matter of interests, but a deep belief that you hold, and we feel it,” Bennett stated. “In the name of all citizens of Israel, we appreciate your new approach.”
Bennett mentioned that the hi-tech company he ran 20 years ago was merged with an Indian company, and that Israelis and Indians worked well together and have much to learn from one another.
“Our goal is to continue the wonderful path you led with my predecessor and bring 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 stated.
Bennett also met with Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa for the first time. 
“We must work toward a better future, and that’s what we look forward to doing,” Al Khalifa told Bennett.
“We ain’t seen nothing yet,” Bennett told him.
At his meeting with Bennett, Johnson also apologized to Energy Minister Karin Elharrar, because she was unable to enter the conference the day before due to wheelchair accessibility issues.
Bennett called the incident “a learning opportunity for all of us on the importance of disability for all.” 
Elharrar, who has muscular dystrophy, was taken to several entrances over the course of two hours, and was unable to enter the Scottish Event Campus at which 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 his motorcade on Tuesday, so that she would be able to enter the conference easily.
The UK’s Environment Secretary, George Eustice, called the incident was “deeply regrettable,” but also blamed the Israeli delegation for it. 
“What would normally happen in this situation is that Israel would have communicated that they had that particular need for their minister,” he told BBC Radio 4. “There was obviously something that went wrong in this instance and they weren’t aware of that so they hadn’t made the right provisions at that particular entrance she was coming to.”
Eustice claimed that most entrances to the conference were wheelchair accessible, and Elharrar must have gone to one that wasn’t. However, Elharrar said she was taken to multiple entrances. 

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