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Syrians Learning to Love Israel through Operation Good Neighbor

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CHRIS MITCHELL: It's called Operation Good Neighbor.

In March 2013, approximately two years

after the fighting in Syria started,

one night, seven wounded Syrians came to our border

seeking for help.

A decision was made by the Israeli commanders

and government to allow them to enter the country

and to give them full medical treatment.

Since then many, many other wounded Syrians followed.

CHRIS MITCHELL: We're about 600 feet or 200 meters

from the international border.

Not far from here is where the Syrian refugees

have been coming in to receive medical help from Israel.

It's a well-known fact that in Syria,

the medical infrastructures are not functioning.

Approximately 70% of the doctors fled the country.

One year ago, we decided to expand our cooperation

and help even further by starting Operation Good

Neighbor.

CHRIS MITCHELL: CBN News received a special look

at the many ways the IDF is helping along the border.

Dr. Noam Fink is chief medical officer

in the Northern Command.

We started bringing in sick Syrians.

Most of them are sick children with neglected

medical diseases.

We have taken them in to our hospitals, to our clinics.

Almost every night, wounded Syrians come into Israel

and get the best treatment, the same treatment

we give our citizens.

CHRIS MITCHELL: In the past four years,

Israel has helped more than 4,000 Syrians, many

taken to Israeli hospitals.

And the aid didn't stop there.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL E: In the last year,

we understand that the Syrian population have

lack of many, many things, infrastructure

as water and electricity, lack of health care,

medicine, equipment, and doctors.

CHRIS MITCHELL: We've protected the identity

of Lieutenant Colonel E, because of his involvement

in the project.

During the last year, we have established this project,

this humanitarian aid project.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Many of the goods are donated by NGOs.

They provide medicine, basic foods, and fuel for generators.

They've even helped establish two medical clinics

across the border for simpler cases.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL E: Those people--

as I told-- that were educated to hate us,

they're telling us today they are

very grateful to the state of Israel.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The IDF hopes the humanitarian effort

will bear good fruit.

We are believing that this humanitarian aid is our duty

to help all our neighbors.

And we are believe that by doing this humanitarian aid,

we are making good neighbors, and by this we

can secure the Israel-Syrian border.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News,

on the Golan Heights, Israel-Syrian border.

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