Israel aims to put aside its conflict with Lebanon and offer humanitarian aid for citizens affected by the Beirut explosion.
The Beirut explosion has left complete devastation in the city’s port that extends miles away. Local authorities have reported more than 5,000 casualties. The health minister fears an increase in the number of deaths as search and rescue continues.
Leaders across the world has extended their support. Countries such as France, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States have expressed their willingness to assist Lebanon in any way.
Although Israel is not in the best relations with Lebanon, the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asserted that “this is the time to transcend conflict.” He said, “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.”
Apparently, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave instructions to Israel’s National Security Council to contact the United Nations. They aim to see how they can help Lebanon.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi released a joint statement. “Israel approached Lebanon through international defense and diplomatic channels to offer the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid.”
In Israel’s defense, they have clarified that they are not responsible for the explosion. However, it is unsure if Lebanon will accept Israel’s offer.
Israel and Lebanon’s hostility with each other started in 2006 when Israel began fighting a war against the Hezbollah group, which is from Lebanon.
Today, Lebanon continues to investigate the catastrophic explosion. Local TV reports that there is still no clear cause for it.
Let’s unite in prayer for Lebanon!
Reference: CBN News