PM says field hospital treating Syrians shows ‘true face of Israel’ while casualties are proof of ‘true face’ of Tehran
Times of Israel
As nuclear talks resumed between Iran and the world powers known as the P5+1, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Islamic Republic remains aggressive and brutal, and is complicit in the Syrian regime’s murder of its citizens.
“I would like to tell the world, today,” Netanyahu said Tuesday morning during a tour of the Golan Heights, “as the talks between the major powers and Iran are being resumed, that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character. Iran is continuing to support the Assad regime which is slaughtering its own people. This is the true face of Iran. The world cannot forget this.”
Netanyahu made his comments at an IDF base where injured Syrians are receiving medical care. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz were on hand as well.
“On the day when talks between the major powers and Iran are being opened in Vienna, it is important that the world sees the pictures from this place, which divides the good that is in the world from the bad,” Netanyahu was quoted in a press release as saying. “The good part is that Israel is saving the lives of those who have been wounded in the daily slaughter that is being perpetrated in Syria. This is the true face of Israel.
“The bad part is that Iran is arming those who are carrying out the slaughter,” he continued. “This is the true face of Iran. All of the children who have been injured, to say nothing of those who have been killed, were injured as a result of Iran’s arming, financing and training the Assad regime in the massacres that it is perpetrating.”
In Early February, Channel 2 News aired footage of a secret Israeli field hospital in the Golan Heights that has treated over 700 Syrians since the war began.
The army hospital, staffed by soldiers in uniform, includes an emergency room, an intensive care unit, an operating room, a mobile laboratory, a pharmacy and an x-ray facility. It treats Syrian patients who cross the border regardless of creed, ethnicity – or with which faction their loyalties lie.
The once-sporadic treatment of Syrian nationals in Israel has, by now, become routine, the report made clear: The wounded cross the border and IDF medical teams deployed in the Golan Heights give them preliminary treatment. Those who are well enough are sent back across the border, and those who require further treatment are evacuated to the military hospital, a field commander at the facility told Channel 2. In this way, the hospital treats about a hundred Syrians per month.