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Port au Prince, Hati - President of Haiti Thanks Israel for Its Help

Published on: January 21, 2010 10:50 PM
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Port au Prince, Haiti - Haitian President Rene Preval on Thursday said his country appreciated the aid that Israel has provided to those hurt in last week’s devastating earthquake.

Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben-Aryeh, commander of the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince, said that the IDF delegation would return home only after it was confident that the wounded were receiving proper treatment.

The United States is supposed to begin receiving more patients on a ship-based hospital on Sunday. Until then, the only real functioning facilities are being run by the IDF and the Russians, who have opened a small 20-bed field hospital.

“As long as we don’t have someone authoritative to take our wounded we won’t leave,” Ben-Aryeh said.

Preval, speaking to Channel 10, noted that “this disaster has not only harmed people,” but had also rendered his government helpless. “One must understand that the damage caused was comprehensive and has affected every aspect of Haitian society,” the president said.


About 400 wounded and sick have been treated at the field hospital, which is located in a soccer field in the center of town, with about 140 operations carried out by the Israelis.

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 Jan 21, 2010 at 11:16 PM Anonymous Says:

It seems like the Navy hospital ship Comfort should be able to handle the Israeli's patients, and much more, if they can get over the transportation problems to treat people out at sea.


 Jan 21, 2010 at 11:35 PM Fred K of Clifton Says:

The efforts put forth by the State of Israel to assist in Haiti should be source of pride to all Jews. In addition to Zaka, Israel sent two 747's loaded with personnel, medical supplies and equipment, and set up a mobil field hospital that is state of the art. The Zaka team rescued several people and saved lives as a result. Many Jewish organizations have assisted with raising funds, volunteering services, and simply reaching out to those in need.

Israel has frequently assisted in other natural disasters in various parts of the world. Their sojourn to Haiti has captured the attention of many- and it is attention that is well deserved.

This is a huge Kiddush Hashem, and a shining example of how Jews exemplify chesed and rachamim. May Hashem bless the Israeli volunteers for their sacrifices, and grant comfort the many thousands of victims who are suffering.


 Jan 22, 2010 at 12:14 AM proud jew Says:

Hey! Finally something posotive about isreal in the news!!!


 Jan 22, 2010 at 12:15 AM BoredJew.Com Says:

Its good brownie points that Israel is scoring !!!
and the guy on CNN that said ''im embarrassed to be an American'' because of how much the Israelis did in such short notice.


 Jan 22, 2010 at 12:24 AM Anonymous Says:

What a kiddush hashem this is, pure Jewish souls helping people in need


 Jan 22, 2010 at 12:26 AM Anonymous Says:

What did the arab countries contributed ? = Nothing

Achmedinigad is taking advantage of this situation, no one is after him now.


 Jan 22, 2010 at 01:04 AM Humble Opinion Says:

It's nice to finally hear something positive about Israel and the IDF for a change.


 Jan 22, 2010 at 07:02 AM Anonymous Says:

us yidin don't do thing's for the reward but a thank you shows that it was/is done a good job!


 Jan 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Many countries and world leaders have accusedIsrael of responding disproportionately to aggression from Hizballah inLebanon and Hamas in Gaza . However, it is time that the world press and media speak of another disproportionate response from Israel . The terrible disastrous earthquake in Haiti has generated responses from many nations. The US has sent supplies and personnel, Britain sent 64 firemen and 8 volunteers, France sent troops for Search and Rescue. Many large and wealthy nations of the world sent money. The Arab and Moslem world nothing. Israel , a nation of 7.5 million people has sent a team of 220 people that include Medical personnel and establishes the largest field hospital in Haiti , treating up to 500 people a day, an experienced Search and Rescue team and medical supplies. As inprevious earthquake disasters, such as in Gujarat India in 2001 and in Turkey ,in the bombings in Kenya , Israel has been one of the most generous giversof aid and assistance. Turkey seems to have forgotten this help as its extreme Moslem Government is cozying up to Iran . Judge Goldstone, where are you now?Eating your heart out and hanging yourhead down in shame I hope.The Favorite occupation in the UN is Israel bashing. More resolutions have been passed condemning Israel than all the so called democratic nations such as Sudan, China , Russia and others for their crimes against their minorities. I think it is time that the world should know about Israel 's disproportionateresponse


 Jan 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Better to help 100 countries like Hati in a disaster than one like Indonesia , filled with Jew Haters.


 Jan 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM Askupeh Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Better to help 100 countries like Hati in a disaster than one like Indonesia , filled with Jew Haters.

The whole world is filled with Jew haters, but that shoud not stop us from lending them a hand in their time of grief, and that includes Indonesia.


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