Since a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous region on the border of Iran and Iraq on Sunday there have been many reports of aid being slow to reach the victims. At least 432 people died, as many as 8,200 people were injured and thousands more have been left homeless.
It is with a significant sense of frustration, therefore, that Benjamin Netanyahu revealed an offer of help from Israel was turned down by the Iranian and Iraqi authorities – despite the aid being offered through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“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.”
Later in the week Benjamin Netanyahu released the following video explanation of Israel’s offer:
“My heart sank when I saw pictures from this great earthquake …
As a father, as an Israeli, as a Jew, I wanted to help …
We do all this for one reason: because it is the right thing to do.
Too many times in my people’s history, the world failed to act when it could,
the world failed to do the right thing ...”