Israel Opens Pavilion At World Humanitarian Summit

The Times of Israel reports: An Israeli delegation led by a top diplomat arrived in Turkey to represent Israel at the first World Humanitarian Summit.

Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, cut the ribbon of the Israeli pavilion at the summit on Tuesday. The summit takes place in Istanbul, is organized by the United Nations and aims to reinvigorate and provide an overview of relief efforts worldwide.

Noting Israel’s contribution in recent years to relief efforts in Rwanda, Turkey, Japan, the Philippines, Nepal and Haiti — where in 2010 Israel built a field hospital and was among the first three countries to provide aid to victims of a devastating earthquake — Gold wrote on Twitter that “Israeli humanitarian intervention reflects Jewish value of Tikun Olam,” or repairing the world.

With Gold was Gil Haskel, head of Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, referred to as Mashav, which helps developing countries deal with disasters, provides medical assistance and aids in building national strength.

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