A Helping Hand in Tragic Times

In the wake of the gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that left more than 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, Israel has offered medical and humanitarian aid to Lebanon. A neighboring country to Lebanon, Israel joins Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Qatar in offering aid in the explosion aftermath. Israel will take in UNIFIL personnel wounded in the explosion and will treat wounded U.N. force members within the Israeli borders in Tzfat, according to jns.org. Israel will also send its National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to speak with U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov to search for additional ways to help Lebanon.

This tragedy was truly shocking. You’ve probably seen the footage by now, and with that visual in mind, the thought of being in the shoes of the Lebanese bystanders at the moment of the explosion is terrifying. While Israel and Lebanon have a history of conflict, it is greatly encouraging to see that conflict put aside in favor of cooperation and restoration. Israel (along with the previously mentioned countries who are also giving aid) shows great compassion in taking a Good Samaritan approach in this situation, offering help to a country whose biggest city was just utterly devastated.