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If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

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Yom Yerushalayim.
When I was a young boy living in Rhodesia and South Africa, I used to celebrate this day. My chest would burst with pride as I basked in the glory of Israel’s victory as if by virtue of me being Jewish I could attribute some of the shine of Israel’s triumph to myself. It was arguably the most stunning victory in modern military history. And stunning it was; outnumbered by overwhelming forces on all three borders, Israel, in a display of strategic brilliance, launched a preemptive strike, that was a masterclass of military precision, to defeat three armies within the space of six days.

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LankaWeb – Covid vaccine boost for millions as hospitals near breaking point

Posted on December 27th, 2020
Courtesy Times (UK)
Oxford jab expected to win approval ‘in days’
The coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca is expected to win approval this week as the head of the drugs giant said it should be” effective against the highly transmissible new strain of the virus.
Senior government officials expect the drugs watchdog to give the green light before Thursday, speeding up the provision of the jab to the 15m people who could end up in hospital if they caught the virus.
Astra Zeneca’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot, today reveals that new data will show the vaccine is as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna jabs that have already been approved, protecting 95% of patients, and is 100% effective” in preventing severe illness requiring hospital treatment.

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