After the world has seen America’s leaders unhesitatingly sending thousands of troops to the eye of the storm, Israel has sent a clear negative reply to one of the staunchest enemies of the Jewish people and of the Land of Israel, President Obama’s Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Powell.
Powell had requested from the Land of King David, to simply oblige the U.N. and U.S. request that Israel send help to the Ebola affected region, “because of the past successes the IDF had in sending reinforce for natural as well as humanitarian disasters, as in Japan’s tsunami or Haiti’s earthquakes, both as devastating in human casualties as in physical disaster, as reported by Ynet News.
In the recent war waged by Hamas against Israel, the U.S. took sides with the Palestinians and cut off flights to Israel.
It has however, continued to provide flight connections to the Ebola-stricken West Africa.
“Does Samantha Power not see the double standard here? To summarize: the United States canceled flights to Israel earlier this summer because of one errant rocket from Gaza that hit near Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, but now wants Israel to send help to hot-zones in Africa?
“Israel was somehow unsafe for air travel, but there are no worries flying Israelis to Liberia or Sierra Leone?”
Israel News Now had the post, “Israel rejects U.S. request on Ebola relief in Africa.” Because?
Well, “Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says assisting in medical relief in Liberia and Sierra Leone would risk infecting Israeli personnel.”
One blogger put it a little more bluntly. Following a reference to Ya’alon were the words “The hell I’ll expose my troops to Ebola.”
But it did have an explanation: “The Foreign Ministry recommended the Defense Ministry respond positively to the Americans’ request, even though it was a complex mission, which runs the risk of infection for medical crews, who would have been forced to wear full [hazmat] suits. … However, after examining the request and mission details, the Defense Ministry decided against Israel’s participation, saying there was no feasible way to provide for the safety of the Israeli doctors and medical crews, which then could return to Israel and further spread the virus.”
An anonymous commenter added, “Good for Israel. I’m an American and I applaud Israel for telling Obama to go to hell in public.”
The U.S., meanwhile, confirmed on Friday that up to 3,900 U.S. soldiers will be sent to that hot zone for command control, logistics, civil affairs and medical help.
Department of Defense spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the soldiers’ exposure to Ebola will be limited.
WND had reported one day earlier that the Pentagon is planning to spend at least $1 billion on the effort, and critics were questioning why Obama was using valuable, highly trained warriors to provide mostly logistical and engineering support for health workers trying to stop the spread of Ebola there.
At Friday’s news conference, those answers really weren’t available.
Kirby earlier had said the troops would be setting up the infrastructure for an operation that will be run by the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, and the Centers for Disease Control.
He said then the effort would not include U.S. military personnel treating Ebola patients. Instead, their function will be in support of other health-care workers who are the experts in the Ebola treatment process.
WND requests for answers about why U.S. troops are being used in a scene containing a deadly viral disease didn’t generate any responses. He also couldn’t respond to questions about whether other countries could be helping, saying those invitations were up to the government of Liberia.
On Friday, he said 1,400 soldiers would be moved over to Africa on an as-needed basis, but the early surveys of the needs suggested that up to 3,900 soldiers would be required, and that was what was authorized.
Besides all the above, Israel is right in not sending their people to “help” on the epidemic that Ebola will turn to be. What is shocking is that Americans seem not to care a hoot about their soldiers being contaminated and carrying with them the deadly virus.
Indeed, as per the White House and the American president, the U.S. is “confident they can tackle the Ebola crisis -at risk of their by now 3,900 troops that can for sure carry the virus safely on their way back home.
To be sure, even bioethicists are doubtful of the development of the contagion. Indeed, there is an experimental treatment called ZMapp, from Spain and that had never before been tested in humans.
ZMapp is not the answer to the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa. There is no chance of getting a significant amount of this drug made for many months. Deploying more health care workers, face guards, moon suits, gloves and antiseptic, along with restrictions on travel and burying the dead, is the only way to get the epidemic under control.
What is very troubling is that the only people known to have gotten the drug to date are two Americans and a Spaniard. The drug’s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., said Monday that it also responded to a request for ZMapp from a West African nation and that its supply “is exhausted.” It did not name the nation or say whether a patient there had received the drug.
Unbelievably, the American Administration “declared healed” two doctors that initially were repatriated with the Ebola virus in full action.
Those doctors should have been left in situ, so as to not spread the epidemic, but that appears to be the least of the concerns of the American Administration, the safety of the American people.