Bennett: Protests won't beat the Delta variant, the vaccine will

PM emphasizes he stands by remarks against those who choose not to receive COVID shot, and addresses subsequent protests.

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At the beginning of the cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett referred to demonstrations over the weekend following his speech on Thursday in which he accused those who choose not to receive the COVID shot of "endangering us all."

"The President of the United States, Joe Biden, recently addressed the phenomenon of non-vaccination, and I quote: 'Millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk.' My statements on Thursday to the public made waves, but the truth must be told: more than a million citizens who can be vaccinated - have not been vaccinated yet. In doing so, they endanger the health and livelihoods of all Israeli citizens," Bennett began.

"The scientific facts are clear: those who get vaccinated are less sick. Those who get vaccinated are less contagious. Non-vaccination endangers you and endangers your loved ones, especially the elderly."

"Therefore, I call on everyone, especially young men and women, and students ahead of the school year - go out now to get vaccinated. I saw the demonstrations outside my home on Friday. It is legitimate of course, but the demonstrations will not beat the Delta, vaccination will," Bennett said.

Protests in front of Bennett's Ra'anana home, Friday



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