Occasionally I have an excuse to get patriotic…here I go…
Life isn’t always about the biggest and the best, but sometimes it is. So here’s a question: Which country has set up the biggest field hospital to tend to the Haitian victims of the recent earthquake? It’s Israel.
There isn’t a single Israeli missing in Haiti and there are only about 25 Jews living in Haiti out of a total population of 9 million, and still, without hesitation, 220 Israeli medical and search and rescue staff packed their bags and left their families behind to help out in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
We’re always happy to quote our “per capita” statistics – Israel has the highest number of startups per capita, Israel has the highest number of home computers per capita, Israel has the highest number of patents filed per capita, etc., etc. I am sure that anyone doing a quick calculation will come up with a similar statistic about Israeli relief workers in Haiti – after all, our field hospital already takes a “top” spot. But whether or not we can add a new “per capita” stat to our long list is immaterial. What’s more important here is pride. It’s that old fashioned pride that we have when our tiny little nation steps up to the global plate and makes a difference, ahead of so many bigger, richer and more influential counties who are conspicuous by their absence. It’s the smile that it brings to our faces when we hear about the Israeli soldiers rescuing the Haitian government official after he was trapped in the rubble for four days.
It’s our Israel values at their very best – we care, we help, and we use our expertise for the good of humanity. We can be proud to live where this type of behavior is a given. This is the biggest and best a country can give to its citizens.