A Syrian mother carries her sick child into Israel. (Screenshot)
If the border between Israel and Syria opened up, millions of Syrians would want to come to the Jewish State, the mother of a sick child brought to Israel for treatment told Israeli news outlet Chadashot recently.
For the first time, a TV news outlet was permitted by the IDF to film Syrians entering Israel for medical treatment. Several women interviewed were full of extensive praise for Israel, explaining that in light of the country’s humanitarian aid, Israelis, who had once been considered enemies, had become like brothers.
Indeed, this development of goodwill was the ultimate goal of Operation Good Neighbor, a IDF mission begun secretly several years ago to provide aid to Syrians who came to the Syrian-Israeli border seeking medical help.
The operation expanded into a humanitarian aid initiative, with the IDF transferring tons of food, clothes, heating and cooking fuel, and even diapers to Syrians suffering under their country’s ongoing civil war.
To date, Israel has treated about 3,000 Syrians injured in the fighting, and nearly 1,000 children.
Syrian women walk through the border gate. (Screenshot)
The Chadashot report followed 21 women and 23 children as they made their way from the Syrian side of the border into Israel early one recent morning. IDF soldiers waited for them at an agreed-upon spot before allowing them, under surveillance, through the gate.
These children had been selected by Syrian doctors as needing the higher-quality medical care available in Israel. One mother told a reporter that she would rather bring her child to Israel than Damascus for treatment.
“The first time you saw an Israeli soldier in uniform, how did you feel?” The reporter asked one woman as they walked from the border towards the coach bus that would bring the group to Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Tzfat.
“I felt that he was our brother,” she immediately replied.
The IDF escorts the mothers and children to a coach bus. (Screenshot)
“In the past Israel was thought of as an enemy,” another explained, “But now that they have reached out their hand to help us, most of the people are with you, they love Israel. They see the true face [of Israel].”
“I am very, very happy” to be in Israel, one mother said, adding that she was not at all afraid of being in a country once considered an enemy. “Why should I be afraid?”
At the hospital, kids were provided with paper and crayons, and sat drawing and coloring with IDF soldiers. Many even drew Israeli flags.
The group was given breakfast, and a medical clown was brought to help relax the children.
A medical clown jokes with the children at Ziv Hospital. (Screenshot)
“Once they understand we’re not going to abuse them but help them, they open up, they start to talk,” Major Sergei Kotikov, IDF director of Operation Good Neighbor, told Chadashot. “And then they start to tell us about what they’ve been through.”
Several women described the difficult living conditions in southern Syria, much of which is engulfed in warfare. One woman became visibly emotional when speaking of her appreciation for Israel, telling the reporter, “I wish we could stay here.”
When asked what would happen if the gates of the Israeli-Syrian border were opened that day, the woman replied without hesitation, “I would be the first to pass through them.”
“And how many would come after you? Millions?” asked the reporter.
“All of Syria would come after me. All of the citizens still in Syria, they would all come.”
Dec 04, 2018 0
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
New immigrants to Israel arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Aug. 17, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner.
A top Israeli minister called on the government on Sunday to craft a “comprehensive plan” to encourage the aliyah of French Jews.
In Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett’s view, there has been a “historic missed opportunity” in recent years to bring more French Jews to Israel as immigrants.
“There are 200,000 French Jews who want to come here, and the state bureaucracies simply aren’t prepared for it,” Bennett, who also serves as education minister and head of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi party, claimed at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “These are ethical people, Zionists, lovers of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, and it is our moral obligation to help them.”
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)