PM: Israel Responds to Haiti with a 'Big Heart'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu briefed cabinet ministers on the medical and search and rescue teams dispatched to Haiti to help cope with the aftermath of Tuesday's massive earthquake.

"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," Netanyahu said at Sunday's cabinet meeting.

"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 [Israel Defense Forces], in coordination with the Foreign Ministry," he said.
 
"The defense establishment sent a team that 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, which are in short supply in Haiti," the prime minister said.

"I think 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," he continued.

"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," Netanyahu concluded.

Operation Blessing, the humanitarian arm of CBN, is working with Israeli medical teams in Haiti to treat the injured and provide medical supplies, potable water, food and other necessities to thousands of homeless survivors.

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