In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report on the tragic earthquakes that have left the nation of Nepal devastated, as well as the IDF’s response. Israel Hayom’s Eli Hazan writes that this work of humanitarian aid is as much a part of the IDF’s mission as the defense of the Holy Land:
The tragic earthquakes in Nepal have claimed thousands of lives. Beyond the immediate humanitarian concerns, Nepal is looking at a long recovery. The first disaster relief team has already left for Nepal as part of a coordinated effort orchestrated by the IDF and the Foreign Ministry…
The IDF has been saving lives all over the world for more than 60 years. Technological advances have helped it gain more expertise. The soldiers have demonstrated their capabilities in Turkey, Greece, the Philippines, Haiti, African countries and elsewhere. In fact, by doing so they have lived up to the mission Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion assigned them. Israel’s first prime minister believed the IDF was more than just a military force and said it was duty-bound to advance educational and socio-economic causes owing to its central role in building the nation. Indeed, the IDF has been an “army of relief,” fitting into what Prophet Isaiah called “a light unto the nations…”
When the IDF rescuers arrive in Nepal, they will first seek to fulfill their overarching mission, as articulated by Ben-Gurion. They will save the lives of Israelis and locals. This mission is a moral imperative that dovetails with the IDF’s combat mission.