Israel has rejected a United Nations call to secure the supply of vaccines to the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Israeli Health Minister Yuli Adelstein reiterated that Israel is not legally obligated to secure the provision of vaccines to the Palestinians.
In an interview with the BBC, he said that according to the Oslo Accords, the Palestinians should take charge of managing their health affairs.
UN human rights experts say that in such an exceptional circumstance, international law has priority over the Oslo Accords.
Israel currently leads the world in terms of the percentage of the population who received the Coronavirus vaccine.
The Palestinians have requested vaccines from other sources, but they are not expected to reach them for several weeks.
Earlier in January, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Authority’s attempts to secure vaccines from various sources “does not exempt Israel from its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people in providing vaccines.”
According to Israeli media reports, the Israeli government provided the Palestinian authorities with around 100 doses of vaccine earlier this month as a “humanitarian gesture.”
The Palestinian Authority is facing difficulties in imposing a state of closure for several reasons, including its inability to secure income for workers and those with commercial and agricultural interests in the event that they become unemployed.
From time to time, it tries to impose a temporary lockdown that lasts for days, especially on the weekends.
In the Gaza Strip, cases are getting worse, as it is not possible to examine suspects because of the scarcity of medical supplies.
The Gaza Strip suffers from a high population density, with about two million people, with high levels of poverty, which increases the chances of infection spreading.