Conservatives have been preaching to the Republican Party for years—decades, even—that no matter what we do, the Democrats and the left will still hate us. No matter what Republicans do, it will be either not enough or going too far. So knowing that, just do the right thing because it’s the right thing. We can’t worry about the left constantly assigning a motive to our actions.
The same can be said of Israel. No matter what they do, the despots at the United Nations will still hate them, and the world’s elite press will automatically assign an evil ulterior motive.
And such is the case in the aftermath of the massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake that rocked the country of Nepal on April 25.
A mere three days later, on the 28th, Israeli assistance had already arrived. It was the largest international aid contingent to arrive in Nepal. The IDF set up a 60 bed field hospital on-site, staffed with 122 doctors, nurses and paramedics. They brought with them 95 tons of supplies, both medical and humanitarian.
An impressive feat, to be sure – yet some, as you would fully expect, are not moved.
One obvious detractor was the Palestine News Network (PNN). I didn’t know there was such a thing. They can’t feed their own people, but they have the funding for a “News Network.” Huh.
Anyway, PNN wrote, on April 30: “As Nepal struggles to cope with the aftermath of Saturday’s horrific earthquake, with countries around the world sending rescue teams and offering financial and logistical support, Israel has once again demonstrated its impressive ability to mobilize quickly and assist disaster stricken nations. The director of Human Rights Watch [HRW] has criticized Israel for promoting its emergency aid efforts for earthquake-devastated Nepal while it continues to block reconstruction in Gaza.”
HRW’s Kenneth Roth tweeted that it’s “Easier to address a faraway humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel’s making in Gaza.”
Well, Kenneth, last I checked, Nepal wasn’t lobbing rockets into Israeli cities and constructing tunnels for use by terrorists. Roth’s beef is the ongoing blockade by Israel preventing the “rebuilding” of Gaza after Israel was forced into an attack on Gaza to suppress further terrorist attacks on Israel. Of course, he didn’t describe it in that way, but facts can sometimes interfere with a good narrative – being that Israel is the evil oppressor and the friendly, peaceful people of Gaza are victims of that oppression.
Yet, this action by Israel is by no means uncommon or precedent setting. Bloomberg reports, “Reaching out to countries in need is a long-standing Israeli tradition. Emergency teams went to Turkey after an earthquake in 1999, and again in 2011, even though Turkey initially declined twice because of eroding relations between the two countries. Israel sent a large team to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and in March 2011, it was the first country to set up a field hospital in Japan after the tsunami. Similar relief efforts were conducted in Mexico (1985), Armenia (1988), Greece (1999), Egypt (2004) and Kenya (2006),” and although Israel, since its founding, has technically been at war with Syria “Israeli physicians have been treating victims of the Syrian Civil War for years.”
Another one of Israelis detractors was one of its own country’s publications, the lefty paper Haaretz.
They wrote, “Disaster relief feeds the illusion that we can somehow be clever, creative and cooperative enough to make the world a dissolve us of everything else that is wrong with what we do.” Ugh!
So, once again, Israel has provided us with another teachable moment. They know they will be vilified in the press, but it doesn’t matter. Just do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and the heck with all the whiny detractors.
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