Apr 26 2010
Israel, over the weekend, saved the life of a three-year-old daughter of a top Gaza-based Hamas leader, though the act of kindness was completely ignored by the terrorist group and regional Arab and Western liberal media.
The girl, daughter of Hamas Interior Minister Elham Fathi Hammad, was the victim of a unsuccessful heart operation in Gaza. She was in critical condition when Jordan’s King Abdullah II requested that Israel allow her immediate transport to Amman for emergency surgery.
Israel agreed to the transfer, but the girl was in no condition to travel such a distance, so she was first rushed to Barzilai Hospital in the nearby Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, where doctors worked for hours to repair the damage of her earlier surgery and stabilize her. A Jordanian helicopter was later escorted through Israeli airspace to pick up the girl and move her to Amman.
Our medical ethics do not distinguish between patients. We treat whoever needs to be treated.
One Gaza Arab woman refused to identify herself to AP because of fear of retribution by terrorists if it were known that her two-month-old granddaughter is being treated in an Israeli hospital. “I am very sad and hurt. We want peace, not war,” she said as Israel began retaliating after hundreds of Arab rocket and mortar attacks, some of them lethal.
Jordanian media later reported on the incident, but completely cut out the portion where the girl’s life was saved by Israeli doctors or that Israel has not hesitated to allow the unfettered transport through its territory of a family member of one of its most dedicated enemies.
Hammad later issued a public statement thanking Jordan and King Abdullah. He did not mention Israel at all. ISRAEL TODAY