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Remarks by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Haiti

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today (1/17/2010):

“I would like to say a few words about the horrific tragedy that took place in Haiti.  What happened there is a large-scale disaster of very great proportions.  The lack of protective measures only deepened the tragedy.  I think that it is our obligation, as the State of Israel, as the state of the Jewish People, to mobilize immediately – and this we have done.  As soon as I learned of the dimensions of the disaster, I ordered that a team be dispatched.  It left with the speed characteristic of the IDF, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.

The defense establishment sent a team which has begun to work and is already saving lives.  It is a field hospital with doctors, x-ray machines and other vital pieces of equipment that are in short supply in Haiti.  I think that this is in the best tradition of the Jewish People; this is the true covenant of the State of Israel and the Jewish People. 

This follows operations we have carried out in Kenya and Turkey; despite being a small country, we have responded with a big heart.  The fact is, I know, that this was an expression of our Jewish heritage and the Jewish ethic of helping one’s fellow.  I hope that the team saves lives and that Haiti succeeds in recovering from this awful tragedy.

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