As of today, no country in the world has sent more people to help in Nepal than Israel. Period. Numbers can sometimes lie, but these numbers don’t. Fortunately (or unfortunately) due to her real experience over the past 67 years since becoming a State, Israel is uniquely equipped to deal with mass casualty events. This expertise is graciously offered to any place on the planet that may need it, including Israel’s enemies. Help was offered to Iran when they suffered from an earthquake a number of years ago. The help was refused. People died because of Iran’s refusal. They hate Israel more than they value life.
As an Israeli, I am very proud of my country’s actions. We are driven by deep moral principles that are drawn from the Bible and our ancient Jewish traditions. In The book of Deuteronomy we are told that if you see the donkey of your enemy buckling under its heavy load you are to go out of your way to help. No matter that they owner is your enemy. There are circumstances that demand that we put differences aside and work for the common good, be it to prevent the suffering of an animal and certainly when it means saving human lives.
While of course the Bible tells us to live with mercy and kindness to others, this should be true even for those who do not believe the Bible as the word of God. In other words, everyone should be helping Nepal in whatever way they possibly can.
My blood boils when I read the words of the haters of Israel when they write things like, “Israel is exploiting the situation in Nepal for their own good” and other such insane statements. They claim that Israel is only helping in Nepal in order to look good in the eyes of the world. Such sentiment can only come from a deeply cynical and highly disturbed person. They are not capable of putting aside differences for even a moment to help others. They lack a kind soul to say the least.
In fact, they are the very ones politicizing and exploiting Israel’s actions and not the other way around. Israel is helping Nepal which they claim is “exploitive” behavior. What would they say if Israel did not help? They would say that Israel is a cold, callous country only interested in themselves and not being a part of the community of nations blah blah blah. They will damn Israel no matter if she takes action to help or would refrain from such action! So I ask you, honestly, who really is exploiting this situation?
Kenneth Roth of Humans Rights Watch is so ridiculously predictable and infuriating all at the same time. In response to Israel sending help to Nepal, he tweeted “Easier to address a far-away humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel's making in Gaza. End the blockade!” He probably thought he was so clever when he wrote that line. Little did he realize how much his words would reveal about his own twisted and perverse way of thinking.
First of all, there is no humanitarian disaster in Israel. This is a lie that Israel’s enemies literally trip over each other spreading. Valdimir Lenin one said, “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” The real disaster in Gaza is a lack of a stable, ethical, democratically elected government. The disaster in Gaza is the fact that Hamas, a violent, bloodthirsty terrorist group controls Gaza.
Second, Israel’s blockade of Gaza is only partial—humanitarian aid is allowed in. The blockade is a response to the terrorists who are controlling Gaza and continue to call for the destruction of Israel. Egypt also has a blockade on Gaza for the very same reason but their blockade does not seem to bother Roth. In the real world, victims are allowed to defend themselves. In the fantasy world created by the enemies of Israel, Israel is never permitted to respond to terror---they must simply absorb the blows.
The bottom line is that Roth and all the other cynics cannot accept that Israel’s help of Nepal is purely motivated. You know what I think? The hundreds of people being treated in the field hospital set up by Israel and those who were saved by Israeli search and rescue teams could care less. I just wish Roth would stop playing politics and exploiting Israel’s good work and just say thank you and be on his way.