World asks Israel to send cops to Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Having done such a great job rescuing and treating the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster, Israel has now been asked by the international community to send peacekeeping forces to the Caribbean nation.

Israel's Public Security Ministry on Wednesday announced that the United Nations and the US had asked Israel to joint peacekeeping efforts in Haiti, and that Israel would respond by dispatching a team of 100 armed police officers.

The officers will undergo a quick physical and mental preparation before departing.

Israel Police forensics teams have already been on the ground in Haiti for almost a week to help identify casualties.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the request for peacekeepers, as well as Israel's significant rescue and medical efforts in Haiti, had provided another opportunity for the Jewish state to demonstrate its goodwill and peaceful nature, contrary to how it is often portrayed in the media.

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