Netanyahu to visit vaccine center in Tira; mayor reportedly not informed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit a vaccination center in the Arab Israeli city of Tira, his office says.

According to reports in the Arabic-language media, Netanyahu has never officially visited Tira before and the municipality was not aware he was coming. Tira mayor Ma’amoun Abd al-Hayy says in a statement that he has been away from the city all day.

The visit comes amid reports of reluctance by Arab Israelis to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

with Aaron Boxerman