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Israel’s Significant Role in Thai Cave Rescue Operation

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The horrible news that a team of Thai soccer players and their coach had been trapped by rising waters while exploring a cave has captured the world’s attention. At the time of this writing 4 kids have been extracted by a Seal team, leaving a total of 9, including the coach to be rescued. We pray that they all will come out of this situation well and ready to jump into the arms of their loving families.

The hidden story behind these headlines that has not been revealed by the world’s media, including our own New York Times (please explain that to us), is that Israel has a great deal to do with the rescue efforts. It appears that an Israeli communications firm has been a major factor in this operation. Uzi Hanoni, CEO of Yavne-based Maxtech, was contacted by Thai officials and placed an order for his firm’s communications gear that as he says, ” are communication systems that create networks on the spot, designed for areas where there is no communications infrastructure. The network allows for the transmission of data, voice and video under severe circumstances such as flooding. We gave them our devices and the rescue teams in the caves used them to communicate. That’s the Israeli contribution to this rescue effort. We didn’t ask any money for this. When I heard the story, I and my partner decided to donate the systems. These systems cost over $100,000, and we are a small company. But it’s worth it.”

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That’s the Israeli humanitarian mlndset as expressed by Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. “The principles of mutual assistance and equality should also constitute the basis for international relations between people and must be based on the solidarity of all human beings, derived from fraternity and mutual assistance in every sphere of life.” This dot on the map nation is the world’s leading expert in dealing with mass casualty situations. Without regard to how any “nation in need” votes in the UN on Israel issues, the Jewish State responds to critical situations ASAP. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, they came with supplies and doctors. After the Indian Ocean tsunami, Israel flew aid to Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. They rushed into Sri Lanka to save thousands from severe flooding. Pakistan, one of the fiercest anti-Israel governments silently welcomed an Israeli NGO, Israeli Flying Aid, which provided thousands of families dry food products, blankets, coats, socks and heating kits to save Muslims from their freezing winter.

So, we’d like to see these nations who’ve been the benefactors of Israel’s humanitarianism, reciprocate in their relations with Israel. Let them start with support in the United Nations for little Israel which is a giant when it comes to helping others. Let’s not hold our breath!

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Michael F Trachtenberg

    07/09/2018 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not surprised by the purposeful elimination of Israel’s contribution to the rescue effort. Anti-Semitism is Anti-Semitism.

    • annette Karan

      07/11/2018 at 12:25 am

      There is constant anti-semitism. No mention has been made of Israel’s contribution to this miraculous recovery.

  2. mary j levin

    07/11/2018 at 5:02 pm

    ALWAYS DEPEND ON OUR ISRAELIS

  3. Carol Walter

    07/12/2018 at 3:56 pm

    Would have been nice to have been acknowledged .

    • Martin Robinson

      07/13/2018 at 1:56 am

      I agree. Somehow we have to get the word out that Israel is involved in the world, doing positive work for the sake of our values as Jews.

  4. Janet Winters

    07/12/2018 at 7:39 pm

    Israel is always the first to come to peoples aid no matter who they are. But why are they never given credit for all they do? This is a country of compassionate people helping all who need it.

  5. Donald Rifas

    07/13/2018 at 6:04 am

    We are all prud of Israel, who is always there, in all places and at all times where humanitarian aid is.required

  6. Beverly Cohen

    07/13/2018 at 10:01 pm

    Superman’s Got Nothing on Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZqoE2n1Rds
    Israel is only one call away!

  7. Karen Halk

    07/14/2018 at 2:51 pm

    Bless you for you have done.

  8. MIKE PALATNIK

    07/14/2018 at 3:50 pm

    ONCE AGAIN ISRAEL COMES TO THE RESCUE—HOW THE HELL CAN THIS WORLD OF OURS STILL HATE THIS COUNTRY AND REMAIN ANTI-SEMITIC———–I DON’T SEE ANY PALESTINIAN HELP OUR ANY ARAB HELP—WHERE ARE THEY WHEN OTHERS NEED HELP–ISRAEL’S ALWAYS THERE WHETHER IT’S INCIDENTS LIKE THIS OR EARTHQUAKES–OR HURRICANES ETC ETC——-COME ON WORLD–WAKE UP TO REALITY–YOU HAVE A DEAR FRIEND HERE—CERTAINLY NOT AN ENEMY–START TREATING HER AS SUCH!!!!!

  9. Ron Wilner

    07/15/2018 at 1:58 am

    Good, you played a part. But no reason to feel slighted or put upon. Be happy you helped, stop blaming others for not enough credit.

  10. Abe Gonshor

    07/15/2018 at 7:50 am

    I am disappointed that Israel and the firm were not acknowledged in anyway.
    It is still not too late to get this story out to the world .

  11. Barry Wax

    07/15/2018 at 9:46 pm

    So proud of Israel and my Jewish heritage

  12. Joanne Walczak

    07/15/2018 at 10:25 pm

    Wonderful article.Wish the Israelis got the credit they deserve bit not one bit surprised they haven’t .

  13. Jacob Ricardo

    07/16/2018 at 11:08 am

    Israel is one of the kindest countries when it comes to aid and will its world leading technology to help in any disaster or help to prevent loss of life.

  14. J.S.

    07/16/2018 at 4:26 pm

    Its a shame, no trophies or awards needed, just recognize we are nice giving people !

  15. Adele Rubin

    07/19/2018 at 4:20 am

    God bless Israel, it’s our media who is biased, they should be ashamed ! So very proud of Israel & our Jewish people!

  16. Marilyn Koplik

    07/19/2018 at 4:50 pm

    The New York Times and other newspapers should be requested to write a follow-up story to include the fact that the work of the Israeli communications firm was the reason the children in the Thai cave were able to communicate to the world and their families all that was happening. Perhaps Thailand could make this fact public since it was done at their officials request.

  17. Judith Solomon

    07/20/2018 at 12:40 am

    Israel’s humanitarian values is a gift from God and this is why being one of the tiniest nation in the world, it has survived such atrocities handed to it. If other countries or the UN for that matter do not support it than we as intelligent humans must think for ourselves and support this wonderful nation called Israel 🇮🇱.

  18. Karen A.

    07/24/2018 at 4:46 am

    I hope these countries would have the decency to publicly thank all who have helped. I’m so sick of Israel being left out. This seems to happen all the time.

  19. Marvin Arluk

    07/28/2018 at 4:31 am

    When will the nations of the world finally acknowledge the accomplishments of this tiny nation and it’s humanitarian deeds?
    You would think that the nations that have received their help would do so.

  20. Little bit

    08/07/2018 at 6:50 am

    YOU HAVE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED. They just didn’t hand out medals for individual efforts.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/asia/thai-cave-rescue-international-intl/index.html

    Get your facts straight. CNN did cover assets provided by many countries. You make it sound as though your assets saved them. It was a joint effort and I don’t hear anyone else pouting about individual coverage.

  21. Pauline lunin

    08/08/2018 at 11:09 pm

    This was a touching story. I would like to hear more of the details of how this system worked in the rescue

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