The Islamic Republic immediately rejected Israel’s offer of humanitarian aid to those who survived the devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 530 in Iran and several in Iraq last week.
Before the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual meeting last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he offered his nation’s assistance – via the International Committee of the Red Cross – to earthquake victims from both Iran and Iraq after news circulated that more than 8,000 had been wounded.
Love thy enemy
Despite the tensions between the countries – and the fact that Iran has called for Israel’s ultimate destruction, dubbing it the Little Satan – Netanyahu was more than eager to extend Israel’s hand of help to the quake-ravaged Islamic nations.
"I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week's earthquake, and I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble.” Netanyahu addressed those attending the meeting, according to CBN News “So, I am proud to announce tonight that a few hours ago, I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster."
The Israeli leader made it clear that Israel does not reciprocate the religious and racial hatred that the Islamic Iranian government holds against the Jewish State.
"I've said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran,” Netanyahu reminded those in attendance. “Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred. Israel continues to be a light unto the nations and this is what I am proud of. And all of you can be proud of Israel's morals, and Israel's might."
Soon afterward, it was announced by a spokesperson from Netanyahu’s office that Iran had “immediately rejected” the prime minister’s offer of humanitarian assistance.
"This shows the true face of the Iranian regime," the Israeli official commented on Iran’s response, according to CBN News.
Iran’s unappreciative rejection of Israel’s help comes while relief workers in western Iran continue to search for survivors – an effort that is becoming more futile as the cold November temperatures drop. Those currently assisting in the relief effort emphasize that there is still dire need of medicine, blankets and large cans to store drinking water for survivors.
Iran’s prideful rejection of Israel’s generosity while in need was also witnessed more than a decade ago.
“This is not the first time Iran rebuffed such an offer from Israel to help the Iranian people,” the Washington Free Beacon recounted. “After an earthquake struck Iran in 2003, killing over 26,000 people, the Islamic Republic also declined an Israeli offer of aid.”
A beacon of light in the Middle East
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver stressed that Iran’s rejection of Israeli aid in indicative of the Islamic Republic’s obstinance and anti-Semitic repudiation of Israel.
"Israel's humanitarian offer to Iran and Iraq typifies the willingness of the Jewish State to help all people – regardless of their religion," the pro-Israel Christian leader stated in a Liberty Counsel press release. "Israel opposes the evil Iranian regime, but not the people of Iran.”
Staver – who is also the president of Christians in Defense of Israel and serves as the founder and president of Covenant Journey – praised Israel for holding to its godly principles and loving its neighbors as God calls it to.
“Human suffering is the same – irrespective of the country where it occurs,” the legal expert added. “I commend Prime Minister Netanyahu and the nation of Israel."
David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman to the foreign media, also extoled Israel for its offer of help to its Islamic Middle Eastern neighbors.
“I'm proud that last night Israel offered to send medical aid to Iranians and Iraqis who were injured in this week's devastating earthquake,” Keyes tweeted on Wednesday.
Answering God’s call to help those in need
Even though Israel is ensconced in the middle of the Powder Keg – surrounded by Islamic nations on every side, save its west coast bordering the Mediterranean Sea – it has had a history of assisting its threatening neighbors, including Syria to the east.
“It is well documented that Israel has provided emergency medical treatment to Syrian fighters seeking help,” the Washington Post reported in July. “As many as 3,000 wounded individuals have made their way to the border and received lifesaving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals before returning to their homeland.”
Besides providing medical assistance at its border, Israel shipped extensive amounts of tangible aid to its Syrian neighbors in need during the Islamic nation’s brutal civil war.
“As part of the effort, Israel has transferred 360 tons of food, 450,000 liters of gasoline and 50 tons of clothing to Syria,” the Post informed. “It has also sent large quantities of painkillers, anesthetics and basic medicine for diabetes and asthma.”
Here is a list compiled by the Daily Wire of just a handful of the humanitarian aid efforts Israel has launched over the past 50 years across the globe.
- In 1965, Israel offered to send antibiotics, X-ray films and other pharmaceutical and medical supplies to the victims of a catastrophic earthquake in Chile.
- In 2004, Israel sent relief to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and first response aid after the 2004 tsunami with 60 tons of international aid to Indonesia, and 82 tons of relief to Sri Lanka.
- After the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, Israel sent a mission offering supplies and shelter for thousands of families.
- In 2009, Israel sent medical aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Parma.
- In 2010, Israel's relief team of 200 people was the first to arrive to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
- In 2011, Israel was the first country to send medical aid to Japan after a huge tsunami hit the country.
- In 2012, Israel offered to receive casualties who were evacuated from Syria after the violence in Syria; some Israeli doctors were even on the Syrian-Turkish border treating victims of the Syrian violence.