So many of the world's nations stand against Israel, but that does not stop the Jewish state from showing kindness and compassion. Such is the case, JNS reports, of the aid Israel is sending to Indonesia — a country which refuses diplomatic relations with Israel — after it was ravaged by an earthquake and resulting tsunami which killed thousands:
Despite the fact that Indonesia refuses to conduct diplomatic relations with Israel, the Jewish state has sent water purifiers to the earthquake and tsunami-devastated country, and is preparing a delegation of aid workers to touch down in the coming days.
More than 1,400 people have been killed following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the island Sulawesi, in central Indonesia, and triggered a tsunami on Friday. The United Nations reported that nearly 200,000 people, including tens of thousands of children, are in need of food and clean water, and that local hospitals are beyond capacity.
Israel has gained a reputation in recent years for providing rescue and medical services in some of the most dire disasters around the world: in the wake of a volcanic eruption in Guatemala earlier this year, following an earthquake in Nepal in 2015, after a typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, after an earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and after an earthquake in Turkey in 1999, among other incidents. Offers to send teams to Iran and Iraq following earthquakes in 2017 were declined.
“Israel, a world leader in disaster relief, offers medical and rescue aid to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country and one that has no diplomatic ties with us,” wrote Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren on Twitter. “This again demonstrates our compassion and humanity and our willingness to share our expertise for its betterment...”