Israel Offers Aid to Iran and Iraq After Earthquake, Gets Rejected

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual meeting on Tuesday that he offered humanitarian assistance to the victims of the devastating earthquake that has killed hundreds in Iran and Iraq.

Netanyahu offered the medical assistance via the Red Cross, which declined the offer, following Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 quake that killed at least 530 people in Iran and several people in Iraq, and injured thousands across the region.
 
Netanyahu said, “I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week’s earthquake. And I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble. So I am proud to announce tonight that a few hours ago I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster. I’ve said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred. Israel continues to be a light unto the nations and this is what I am proud of. And all of you can be proud of Israel’s morals, and Israel’s might.”
 
Israel’s humanitarian offer to Iran and Iraq typifies the willingness of the Jewish state to help all people regardless of their religion,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey. “Israel opposes the evil Iranian regime but not the people of Iran. Human suffering is the same irrespective of the country where it occurs. I commend Prime Minister Netanyahu and the nation of Israel,” said Staver.
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