Knitted News05.08.20 09:09 Tu B’Av Tashp
MK Bezalel Smutrich responded to the Israeli initiative to help Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut:
“With regard to aid proposals to Lebanon, a clear distinction must be made between two levels: if we have a political benefit from it and we get points in the international arena and it is in our interest anyway – a spin. But morally we have no obligation or need to lend help to a clear enemy state. He will end up being cruel to the merciful. “
As mentioned, under the direction of Defense Minister Bnei Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel turned to Lebanon through international security and political elements and offered the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid following the disaster that befell the country tonight when a mysterious explosion shook the capital.
In addition, Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat, to talk to the UN envoy from Ladnov to find out what else Israel can do to help Lebanon.
It is worth noting that this is an unusual move as it is an enemy state. Just last week, there were a number of incidents on the northern border between IDF soldiers and Hezbollah members operating on Lebanese soil.
President Reuven Rivlin said: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people at the time of its disaster and send an outstretched hand to help yes at this difficult time.”
This morning (Wednesday), the tragedy was revealed when the Red Cross in Lebanon reported that the death toll from the blast was more than 100 people. And about 4,000 wounded were killed as a result of the blast in the Lebanese capital.
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