Rivlin visits Israeli medical centre treating Syrians
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has visited the Western Galilee Medical Centre in Naharia, where met with the medical staff and patients.
Since March 2013, more than 1,500 of those wounded in the civil war in Syria have reached the Galilee Medical Centre in Nahariya, about a third of them children and infants.
During his visit to the hospital, the President met with hospital staff and spoke about the unique nature of the hospital serving the entire region. “Your business is pride,” the President told the medical staff, and continued, “Israeli pride, Jewish pride. It is proof that the world is built on kindness. Israel will continue to do everything it can with responsibility and wisdom, in order to alleviate the suffering of the people who experience daily slaughter here on the other side of the border.”
He continued, “The United States proved on Friday that there are red lines that cannot be crossed in a civilised world, and I hope it will serve as an example for the entire free world. And we, who have risen from the ashes of the Holocaust, know very well that silence cannot be an option.”
During his visit the President spoke with some of those being treated from Syria, and (through an interpreter) heard of the humanitarian assistance that the State of Israel had been providing in recent years with cooperation between the IDF and the hospital staff.
Dr. Masad Barhoum, Director of the Galilee Medical Centre spoke of his recent address at the AIPAC conference in the US saying “It was an opportunity for me to present to fourteen thousand people, and a few million others who were watching the various channels of communication. To explain how we turned those wounded Syrians, from enemies to friends.
The treatment of the wounded Syrians has turned our trauma centre into one of the most experienced in Israel, and one of the world leaders in providing care for complex and difficult war casualties, which is a matter of great pride.
But it is inconceivable that the Galilee Medical Centre will bear the burden of the cost of a national project, of a Government decision. Together with the Ministry of Health and the Director General – who honoured us in his presence – we are working with all the parties to ensure financial coverage of the activity, which costs hundreds of millions of shekels. This is important.”
President Rivlin was accompanied by Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov, and hospital General Director, Dr. Masad Barhoum.