Israel to the U.S.: No, we won’t be sending personnel to help fight Ebola

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There’s a little buzz today on this story reporting that Israel has turned down a request from Samantha Power and the United States to provide medical assistance and personnel to Ebola-stricken countries in Africa:

#IsraeltheRegion #IsraelInside #Ebola #SierraLeone #SamanthaPower Israel rejects US request on Ebola relief in…

— Israel News (@IsraelNewsNow) October 3, 2014

Yaalon: The hell I'll expose my troops to Ebola: Although the United Nations calls for our replacement with a …

— IsraelMatzav (@IsraelMatzav) October 3, 2014

Does Samantha Power not see the double-standard here? To summarize: the United States cancelled flights to Israel earlier this summer because of one errant rocket from Gaza that hit near Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, but now wants Israel to send help to hot-zones in Africa? Israel was somehow unsafe for air travel, but there are no worries flying Israelis to Liberia or Sierra Leone?

Now, we can’t speak for Team Obama and know if they understand the optics of their request, but Twitter noticed and is asking why flights to Israel are different than flights to nations with Ebola outbreaks:

Obama bans travel to & from Israel but not Ebola nations, because liquified organs & bleeding from your eyes is less bad than hurt feelings.

— Chelle Belle (@chelsea_elisa) October 2, 2014

Barack Obama Bans Flights to Israel, But Not Flights From Ebola Affected Countries

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 2, 2014

Obama grievously suspended flights to Israel during the recent conflict, and now refuses to do it for Ebola

— Zach Hanover (@zhanover) October 2, 2014

Pretty much says it all that Obama banned travel to and from Israel, but not Liberia. #Ebola

— Razor (@hale_razor) October 1, 2014

Barack Obama Bans Flights to Israel, But Not Flights From Ebola Affected Countries | RedState

— ConservativeALLEYCAT (@alleygirl2409) October 3, 2014

@chelsea_elisa @D2243 Very well said! Nothing out of this Admin makes any sense because they are just flopping around like a fish on land

— Ron R (@Xti10slr) October 2, 2014

Over to you Ms. Power.




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