On January 12 2010, around 5 PM, there was a strong earthquake in Haiti. It lasted only 1 minute but killed over 230,000 people and injured 250,000 people.
Even though there were people who survived, about a million people (!) were left homeless.
Now what has that got to do with Israel?
Immediately after the earthquake Israel had sent a delegation of 220 people and founded a field hospital in Haiti that took care of 500 injured people a day.
Four people were saved from the ruins thanks to the Israeli rescuers, and 1000 were treated at the field hospital. 300 operations were done at the hospital and 16 babies were successfully delivered.
It was really hard to manage a hospital in such difficult conditions, not to mention that this whole delegation was sent so fast in order to save as many lives as possible – but the Israeli delegation had done an amazing job.
Yair Golan, the leader of the Israeli Home Front Command, said that it was really exciting to save lives and to help those people. They didn’t do it to be famous – all they wanted to do it to help. And help they did.
Interview with an MFA representative (video from Learsi1999 on youtube.com)