"The field hospital Israel is establishing in Japan is the first to be set up by any nation offering outside assistance, Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Nissim Ben Shitrit said Monday, and the Japanese are extremely appreciative.Though I am sure that if the HP did, the readership would respond with their usual cynicism and griping, lest a stray positive thought about Israel threaten to enter their minds.
Ben Shitrit said the hospital was being established at Minamisanriko, a fishing city 290 miles north of Tokyo, that was utterly overwhelmed by the quake and tsunami and where some 10,000 people are dead or missing. A five-strong Israeli team “is setting up the surgery right now,” the ambassador said. “They are evaluating the needs today, so that a larger team can be dispatched.”
He confirmed Israel was also providing tons of aid assistance – including mattresses, blankets, coats, gloves and chemical toilets -- for some of the half-a-million people who are homeless, many of whom are now living in public facilities.
“I don’t know how or why it is that our field hospital is the first,” the ambassador said. “Maybe we moved faster. Maybe it’s because of our experience.”"
[h/t JustmeFi via Twitter]