Israeli team rescues 100 Jewish orphans from Ukraine

March 3, 2022 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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More than 100 Jewish orphans from Ukraine crossed the border at the Siret crossing into Romania on Tuesday night, the end of an operation to save them from the war in the country.

The orphans after crossing the border. (MFA)

Israel’s consul in Romania Roni Shabtai was there to receive them, and with Israel’s connections in Romania, helped them cross the border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs purchased blankets, socks, hand warmers, and equipment for them and will accompany them until they arrive in Israel.

They will stay in Cluj for the next few days and from there will continue to Israel.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Over 100 Jewish orphans “will soon have a new life in Israel.”

“One of the countless stories I have heard in recent days about the dedication and saving lives from the inferno in Ukraine. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I thank the Israeli Ambassador to Romania, David Saranga, and the Consul Roni Shabtai, who received the children at the border with blankets and socks. Come, we are waiting for you at home,” he said.

This operation is one of many conducted by Israel’s emissaries deployed on Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova.

“There is no such country in the world,” said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. “Six days in the midst of a difficult war in Ukraine, and there are moments when words are not enough.”

“Israel is the only country whose representatives, almost 100 people, have been standing in the crossings for six days, extending aid and rescuing Israelis with dedication, in difficult conditions, with great pride. I am proud to be Israeli,” he said.

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