Israel PM offers quake aid to arch foe Iran

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2017

As The Times of Israel reported on November 14, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of North American Jewish leaders that "Israel had offered the aid via the Red Cross, following Sunday's magnitude 7.3 quake that killed at least 530 people in Iran and several people in Iraq, and injured thousands across the region ("Israel offers quake help to Iran, Iraq, but immediately turned down")".

"This is Israel", said Netanyahu.

"I am proud to announce tonight that a few hours ago I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster", Netanyahu said via videolink to the Jewish Federations of North America's annual General Assembly in Los Angeles.

Iran does not recognise the Jewish state.

Iranian officials say more than 500 villages had sustained significant damage, rendering tens of thousands of people homeless. "Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction", Netanyahu said.

The quake, which struck near the Iranian-Iraqi border, killed more than 400 people, injured hundreds and left thousands without homes.

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Iran's Mizan News Agency quoted officials from the Iranian Red Crescent as saying that the Pakistani aid was expected to arrive at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Friday evening.

The embassy press bureau also reported that President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has offered condolences to his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani.

A landmark nuclear agreement signed with world powers in July 2015 saw crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy lifted in return for a pulling back of its nuclear programme.

Israel regards Iran and its close ally, Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, as its most unsafe foes.

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