ISRAEL - 100,000 Palestinian Workers to Be Vaccinated

Arno Froese

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry announced that it has struck a deal with the Israeli Health Ministry to vaccinate 100,000 Palestinians who work in Israel.

“Understanding that Israel and the Palestinians live in one area and that an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Palestinian Authority may also affect the infection rate among Israeli residents, senior ministry officials visited with the PA Health Ministry and received a briefing on the coronavirus situation in the PA, morbidity data and the epidemiological investigations that are taking place,” the ministry said in a statement.

The visit included Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy, head of Public Health Services Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis and coronavirus commissioner Prof. Nachman Ash.

It is extremely rare for Israeli officials to go to Ramallah for a meeting.

The Health Ministry has not confirmed the agreement.

The visit came against the backdrop of reports that the Health Ministry would provide Palestinian workers with the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. A spokesperson for the ministry said they could not confirm the reports.

According to the World ’O Meter website, the PA has had 171,154 cases of coronavirus and 1,956 deaths.

-www.jpost.com, 19 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

Although some reports indicate that Israel is withholding vaccines from Arab Palestinians, economic and public health reasons override various concerns.

According to Haaretz, in 2013 some 48,000 Arab Palestinians were legally employed in Israel, with another approximately 30,000 who work illegally without a work permit. 

These figures are quite amazing, seeing that Israel has one of the, if not the world’s best border security systems. Yet, 30,000 are slipping through anyhow without a permit. This clearly shows that there is no such thing as hermetically sealing borders from a neighboring country. If Israel can’t do it, obviously no one else can. 

The answer to this jigsaw puzzle is simply for all Arab nations to recognize Israel’s existence and the right of the Jews to have their own country.

Interestingly, countries that do not border Israel, such as Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Morocco, have agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Doubtless, only supernatural interference will bring peace to the people in that part of the world. It says in Daniel 4:35: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” These were the words of the first Gentile world ruler, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon—the one Daniel identified with the words, “Thou art this head of gold” (Daniel 2:38b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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