Israeli rescue team in Haiti
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Wreckage in Port-au-Prince
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning that the strong earthquake which rocked Haiti was "a huge tragedy and humanitarian disaster."
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he hoped the island's residents would be able to recover from the disaster.
Referring to the Israeli aid delegation sent to Haiti, the prime minister said that "the moment the dimensions of the disaster became known, I instructed the immediate deployment of an aid delegation on behalf of the State of Israel, which has already reached the place.
"This includes supplies, medication, doctors, a field hospital, an x-ray machine and many other vital things."
According to the prime minister: "This is the true heritage of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. This act joins similar action we have taken in the past in Mexico, Kenya, and Turkey. We may be a small country, but we are a country with a big heart. This is the expression of Jewish ethics and heritage – to help others."