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The Dilemma for Physicians at the Intersection of Politics, Clinical Medicine, and Humanitarianism

”The instances when we provided [medical] care do not represent a policy choice to constantly provide aid, they were decisions made out of humanitarian considerations,” wrote a spokesman for the army. See full Article

I previously wrote about my pride as an Israeli to see my country’s concern for human life, and the will to extend its assistance to the nations or groups of people who ask for humanitarian aid. The question arises though after deaths of more than 100,000 people in the 2-1/2-year-old conflict in Syria is this minimum enough?

There is a debate as to whether or not Israel should do more to extend its humanitarian efforts or if they should continue to work along political lines.  Alon Liel, an academic who is the former director-general of the Foreign Ministry states that “We should announce that refugees who feel endangered are welcome, and allocate space for them in the Golan Heights” whereas others feel as though the responsibility does not lie with Israel as political analyst Yossi Alpher states that, “The idea is to do the minimum that human morality demands from us as neighbors but not to be seen as the medical corps of the rebels.”

Even though there is political tension between Israel and Syria, do you believe that Israel should follow suit like other neighboring countries such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon and extend its assistance to the Syrian patients?

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