Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2142 times:
The Israelis have highly specialized, well equipped and very efficient emergency teams, they are AFAIK always present and among the first to be deployed when disaster struck. (eg. Greece, Turkey)
Not just Israelis but the wider Jewish community are responding. There are even EBay pages of donated items for Jewish relief agencies working on the disaster.
Cynical but also probably true. They are sadly not short of practice, but then again disaster relief needs trained people and Israel certainly can provide that essential body of people with the right experience.