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Israel Still Aiding Wounded Syrians, Turning Them from ‘Enemies to Friends’

Israeli Pres. Rivlin & wounded Syrian. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israel and Syria have been mortal enemies since Syria attacked the newly reborn State of Israel almost 70 years ago. But that hasn’t impacted Israel’s ongoing work to help Syrians wounded in that nation’s civil war—and it may even offer hope for peace. It certainly isn’t stopping, even as violence continues to rage. The IDF Spokesperson Twitter page reported that on Thursday night, Israel evacuated seven Syrians needing medical care—all but one of which were women and children—to an Israeli hospital. That theme of aiding children is nothing new.

The Israeli Galilee Medical Center has seen more than 1,500 wounded Syrians, roughly 500 of whom have been children and infants, according to a Sunday press release from the Israeli President’s Office. Dr. Masad Barhoum, director of the Galilee Medical Center, was quoted in the press release saying that he recently spoke to the AIPAC conference and told them of their aid for the Syrians and “to explain how we turned those wounded Syrians from enemies to friends.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the work is a point of pride for Israel and that it will continue. … Continue Reading

Israel Working on Special Economic Relationship with China

PM Netanyahu and Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach / GPO

Israel is seeking to be on an exclusive list—nations receiving investment from China. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following his recent visit to China, noted in Sunday’s cabinet meeting that while China isn’t investing around the world right now, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to consider that China have a specific investment policy for the Jewish State.

“China recently decided to restrict, to completely halt, its external investments for its own reasons – I am talking about the world, not Israel,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “In light of my request, the President of China said that he was prepared to consider an exception for Israel, meaning that Chinese investments in the high-tech and other sectors would continue.” And that’s not the only special arrangement in the works between Israel and China. … Continue Reading

Israeli Military, Paramedic Teams Head to Assist Nepal after Earthquake

April 26, 2015 Human Interest, News
Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Once again, Israel is sending disaster and medical experts to a tragedy-struck region in another part of the world, this team sending teams to assist with the efforts following the earthquake in Nepal. A press release on the website for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national medical and paramedic organization, said a “humanitarian mission” of paramedics and doctors was set to leave from Israel for Nepal on Sunday. The group is bringing medical supplies and baby formula. Preparations are also underway for sending additional supplies and engaging in “prolonged activity in disaster stricken zones” as part of the Red Cross response.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to the leader of Nepal expressing condolences and offering support, while Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s office released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and hearts go out to the people of Nepal dealing with this awful disaster, and with our loved ones who are in distress. The State of Israel is reaching out to help the search and rescue of the many victims.” … Continue Reading

Israel Helps Palestinians, Rejects War Crimes Libels

Israeli medics help wounded Gazans. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli medics help wounded Gazans. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Despite the fact that a lasting ceasefire still had not yet been reached with the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, Israel is still helping needy Palestinians from Gaza. On Wednesday, Israel evacuated 18 wounded Palestinians from the Israel-Gaza crossings to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport—where a Turkish plane took them on to receive treatment in Turkey.

A press release from the Magen David Adom (Israeli national medical group) said that of the Palestinians, one was in serious condition and four were in moderate condition. 16 escorts were transported with the wounded. The medical mission came the same day Israel harshly criticized claims they committed war crimes in Gaza. … Continue Reading

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an entire settlement from nearly 2,000 years ago.

An IAA press release said the discovery included a hoard of coins described as “rare.” It included bronze coins from the first Israeli revolt against the Romans in the First Century CE, which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple. The announcement was timely, as the IAA unveiled the find on Tisha B’av—the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, which commemorates that Temple’s calamity, among other tragedies. … Continue Reading

Nearly 5,000 Trucks Enter Gaza Via Israeli Crossing during January

February 26, 2013 Human Interest, IDF, Peace and Conflict

More than 140,000 tons of goods were imported into the Gaza Strip via the Israeli crossing with the coastal enclave during January alone, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday. A total of 4,991 trucks carried those shipments into Gaza, just one month after Israel approved the transfer of 20 trucks per day of building materials for the private sector. In December, 60 trucks and busses were also allowed into Gaza.

The Israeli statement said the private sector building supplies and trucks were permitted into Gaza “against the backdrop of the calm existing in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing dialogue with Egypt since the end” of the last Gaza-Israel conflict. … Continue Reading

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