Archive for January 18th, 2010

Of course regrettably these days so many news items all over the world, have had to mention the terrible disaster in Haiti after the earthquake there, and a large number of countries in the world have sent help-teams and money  for aiding the unfortunate people.  Israel too, is amongst those giving help. Two El Al planes took off from Ben-Gurion Airport on Thursday night carrying a 121-member delegation that included 40 doctors, five search-and-rescue teams,with specially trained dogs for searching for survivors in the ruins. A field hospital has been set up. We hear that another plane is now leaving Israel with more medical equpment and materials.

Prime Minister Natanyahu said amongst other words,” Given Israel’s security needs, we have accumulated much search and rescue experience over the years. We have applied this experience previously in disaster scenes throughout the world – in Mexico, Argentina, Armenia, Kenya, Turkey and elsewhere. I hope and wish that the Israeli mission will succeed, this time as well, in saving as many lives – children, parents and families – in Haiti as possible. This is in accordance with the best Jewish tradition of aiding one’s fellow men.”  One thing is strange though. So far I have not heard of many  (if any) Muslim countries giving aid to Haiti. Where are all those oil-rich Arab countries when it comes to helping others?

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