Israel offered humanitarian aid to its ostensible enemy, Lebanon, after a massive explosion at a Beirut port killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more, leaving large swaths of the capital in ruins.
“Israel approached Lebanon through international defense and diplomatic channels to offer the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a joint statement.
“The only encouraging thing in this catastrophe in Lebanon is that even Israel has been quick in offering humanitarian aid,” tweeted Bildt.
Strategic Affairs Minister Orit Farkash Hacohen slammed Bildt over the remark, and gave several examples in which Israel had helped enemy countries, including Turkey in 2011, and Iran and Iraq in 2017, after earthquakes rocked the countries.
Israel regularly sends disaster aid to countries all over the world, including setting up field hospitals, helping in search and rescue efforts and sending aid packages.
Why are you surprised?
Israel defends itself from its enemies, while helping the civilian population wherever it can.
Let me refresh your memory:
2011 – Aid to Turkey
2013-2018 – Aid to Syria
2017 – offered help to Iran
2017 – offered help to Iraq
We will continue to do both.
— Orit Farkash Hacohen אורית פרקש הכהן (@FarkashOrit) August 5, 2020