Israel reportedly paid for Syria’s COVID vaccines in prisoner-swap

Israel reportedly paid for Syria’s COVID vaccines in prisoner-swap


Israel paid more than $1 million to get COVID-19 vaccines for archenemy Syria as part of a secret prisoner-swap deal, according to reports.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted last week that his warm ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin helped clinch the return of a 23-year-old Israeli woman who was being held captive in Damascus.

But rather than a straight prisoner-swap for two Syrian shepherds, as first disclosed, Israel actually paid Russia to send its Sputnik V vaccines to Syria to facilitate the swap, according to The Times of Israel and other Israeli media.

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Netanyahu remained coy when questioned Saturday about the reports, saying that “not one Israeli vaccine” was delivered to Syria — but without ruling out Israel having paid Russia for the vaccine supply.

“We brought back the woman. I’m happy we did this. I thank President Putin that we did this,” he told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“More than this I won’t add

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