COVER STORY: Israel's Helping Hand Reaches Out to the Nations

Sunday, April 24, 2011 |  Kerstin Braun

Plagued by frequent wars and terrorist attacks, Israel has gained valuable experience in dealing with disasters—at a heavy price.

But from death comes life. The search and rescue teams of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are among the best in the world, and over the years they have used their expertise in missions of mercy to the nations. Israel does not hesitate to offer assistance to those in need.

Since the creation of the state 63 years ago, Israel has struggled to establish good relations with countries around the world. Former Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) served before the establishment of the state and was one of the most influential rabbis of the 20th century. He said that we should open our heart to all peoples and that loving one’s fellow man is not limited to one’s religion, faith or national borders.

He defined Jewish nationalism as assisting all the nations, both materially and spiritually.

As a nation and as a people, Israel is prepared to help all men, regardless of religion, ancestry or historical past.

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