A Light Unto the Nations…yet again

Israeli Rescue Workers in Haiti

Israeli Rescue Workers in Haiti

In case you’ve just emerged from a month in a cave, here’s what’s new:  Haiti has suffered the worst earthquake to hit the Western Hemisphere in two hundred years.  When the bodies are all accounted for, there might be 100,000 dead.

Here’s what’s not new:

The UK (population: 61 million) sent sixty-four firemen and eight volunteers.
China (population: 1,326 million) sent fifty rescuers and seven journalists.
The twenty-five nations of the Arab League (population: 340 million) sent nothing.

Also nothing new:

Israel (population: 7.5 million) immediately sent two jumbo jets with more than 220 doctors, nurses, civil engineers, and other experienced search and rescue personnel. Israel’s large contingent of highly-trained aid workers, including a field hospital and ZAKA Rescue Teams, were among the first foreign help to arrive in Haiti. In fact, they were the first to set up medical treatment at the partially collapsed main hospital in Port-au-Prince. Yigal Palmor, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “It’s a large delegation and we’re prepared to send more.”

In the rubble and suffering of Haiti, Israelis are relentlessly searching for and saving lives. It is this “disproportionate response” that rankles our enemies the most, for it shines a light on their failings.

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