Heroic Work: US Praises Israel’s Treatment of Syrian Refugees
The Fellowship | August 22, 2017
This week, the American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State visited the Fellowship-supported Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel. While there, Ynet News’ Andrew Friedman reports, Secretary Michael Ratney lauded Israel’s aid to Syrian refugees as “heroic work”:
US Deputy Assistant Secretary Secretary of State Michael Ratney said Monday he was “astounded” by Israel’s humanitarian treatment of Syrians wounded in that country’s six-year-old civil war and said the medical treatment the refugees have received at Ziv Medical Center in Safed has been an illustration of “Israeli compassion and competence.”
Speaking while leading a delegation of US officials on a tour of Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria before ending the day in Safed, Ratney said he would “leave Ziv hospital (Medical Center—ed) with a profound appreciation for the heroic work you are doing treating Syrians wounded in their civil war.”
Aside from Ratney, a fluent Arabic speaker who served as the United States Consul General in Jerusalem from 2012 to 2015 and who is now the the US Special Envoy for Syria; Dr. Scott B. Lasensky, a senior fellow at The Institute for National Security Studies and a senior advisor on Israel, Syria and Middle East affairs in the Obama administration, as well as senior IDF officers.
Like Ratney, Lasensky praised the hospital for showing dedication and compassion to refugees and fighters alike, both in Israel and abroad…