Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared with his cabinet a video he claimed was evidence of Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dumps, two cabinet ministers tell me.
Several hours later, Netanyahu’s office realized the video had nothing to do with Iran, or with the coronavirus crisis. It was a clip from “Pandemic,” a 2007 Hallmark Channel mini-series.
The backdrop: Iran has been Netanyahu’s top foreign policy focus for 25 years. Israeli intelligence believes there have been up to five times more coronavirus deaths there than the 3,036 that have been officially acknowledged, an Israeli official tells me. Netanyahu thought he’d seen evidence of a cover-up.
OOPS: Bibi @Netanyahu sent his cabinet a video he said showed Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dump.
Except it was actually a clip from “Pandemic,” a 2007 Hallmark Channel mini-series. https://t.co/VOfL3fayIP
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 1, 2020