will be followed by a typically collective "ho-hum" from the rest of the world.
If you look into the history here, Israel is a world leader in putting emergency-trained, emergency-ready boots on the ground.
From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Israel sends a relief delegation to Haiti
A 220-person delegation, headed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, will leave Thursday evening (January 14, 2010) for Port-au-Prince
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Israel wishes to express its solidarity with the Government and people of Haiti during this great disaster. We send our condolences to the families of the casualties, and wish the injured a speedy recovery.
Israel is doing all in its power to help the people of Haiti cope with the disaster in their country. A 220-person delegation, headed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, will leave Thursday evening (January 14, 2010) for Port-au-Prince on two Boeing 747 jets leased from El Al by the IDF. The relief package includes a Home Front Command field hospital and rescue unit, as well as teams from Magen David Adom and Israel Police.
Israel's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Amos Radian, is currently in Port-au-Prince, where he is coordinating Israel's contribution with local authorities and international aid agencies.