Israel freezes vaccine gifts scheme amid legal uncertainty

Israel has halted its plan to distribute surplus coronavirus vaccines as authorities examine whether it was in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authority to order the move, the justice ministry said Thursday. On Tuesday, Netanyahu said Israel would send a “limited quantity” of vaccines to the Palestinians, but also to several allies, including two that have announced plans to boost their diplomatic presence in Jerusalem. Late Thursday, the justice ministry said that following requests from the general public to look into the issue, “the attorney general was examining the claim that vaccines…

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