Israeli doctors have been working incredibly hard over the last 50+ days - in addition to the regular work they have, hundreds of additional patients, mostly soldiers, were brought in for treatment. More, the number of traffic accidents, a sign of the stress within Israeli society in general, have increased significantly over the weeks of the war.
regularly, they are called upon to treat non-Israelis - Syrians who are
injured and brought to the field hospital we have set up; Palestinians
who know the treatment they get in Israel far exceeds anything they'll
get in any Palestinian/Arab hospital pretty much anywhere in the Arab world, certainly in Gaza. Sure, we've been at war since 1948, but
that hasn't stopped Palestinians from getting (and demanding) that our
doctors treat them - and they do - with the latest discoveries, with
honor, with determination, with dedication.
doctors have treated Abu Mazen's wife, Ismail Haniyah's grandchild. The
former Prime Minister of the PA, and thousands of sick Palestinian
children needing emergency treatment, heart surgery, and more.
it isn't just our doctors but our entire medical community. My children
were asked if they have any problem treating anyone - including Arabs -
when they volunteered to join the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
One doctor in Petach
Tikvah was operating on a Palestinian girl when there was a siren. He
refused to leave the operating room to seek safety and so the operation
continued, despite the fact that Hamas was firing at his city. It is not
for me to draw the line where they place their own personal safety
above their patient but for all those who ignorantly accuse Israel of
being apartheid, this is a living example of how Israelis offer aid
without regard to race, ideological belief, age, religion,
or the color of a person's skin.
As the fighting
ended, Ismail Haniyeh, "disputed" prime minister of the Palestinians
(who was elected with an overwhelming majority of the Gaza residents),
crawled out of his bunker located deep under a hospital, to announce
victory. News reports shortly after reported that he had been rushed to
the upper floors of the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
friend responded, "oh, does he have a heart?" Not that I've seen. He
certainly lacks courage given that he spent the last 50+ days in hiding.
To the comment about him having a heart attack, I responded that I
think it more likely that he was rushed to the hospital suffering from
the Bends, a condition associated with rising too quickly from the
depths - usually water. In some cases, the Bends can result in death,
said one site I checked on the Internet.
And that's when I
thought of Israel's doctors and emergency medical responders. They are
given clear instructions. The second an injured terrorist is disarmed,
he is to be treated as any other person - injured and in need of
assistance. My sons have treated many Arabs as part of their volunteer
work for the ambulance service.
grateful that they have never been called upon to treat a terrorist -
not because I don't think they would, but because I doubt few other
societies would ask this of their young. What I can tell you, without
shame or regret, is that the terrorist, once disarmed, is likely to be
treated after the victims are removed, especially if the damage done to
the terrorist is relatively minor.
I said before that it
is not for me to draw the line of where doctors treat patients who
became patients as a result of causing injury to others. I can't draw
the line in this next hypothetical case either but seriously, if the
Palestinians were to ask us to treat Haniyah - no, just no.