Monthly Archives: April 2015

Israel Search Team Rescues Nepal Teen Buried Alive for 5 Days


By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Nepal — April 30, 2015 … IsraAID’s Search and Rescue Team (SAR) in Kathmandu, Nepal has just rescued Krishna Devi Khadka, a young woman in her late 20’s who was buried alive in the debris of a hotel for five days in an air pocket covered by a body.

The complicated rescue extraction lasted for hours, with IsraAID’s SAR team leading international efforts that included SAR teams from France, Norway, and Nepal. After hours of work, the team found her and sent in the medical team from IsraAID’s Mexico-based partner CADENA to set-up an IV drip and stabilize Ms. Khadka.

When the young woman was finally extracted and carried away to a waiting ambulance, it was to the great relief of a large crowd that had gathered, bringing hope that others may still be alive.

As Ms. Khadka was sped away in an ambulance, the team returned to the building as signs of a potential second survivor were felt.

Another survivor, Pemba Tamang, was pulled out of the crushed concrete and twisted steel Thursday morning. 

 The 15-year-old survivor was rushed to the IDF field hospital in Kathmandu.

Tamang was virtually uninjured with just a few scrapes but not even a broken bone.

To get the attention of the rescuers, Tamang said he threw rocks at a piece of metal amid the debris.

A spokeswoman for the IDF field hospital described him as a miracle.

“It was wonderful to see him functioning, to see him speaking,” said IDF mission spokeswoman Libby Weiss. She said the young man was remarkably stable given what he’d been through, and was only treated for scrapes and dehydration.

“He’s eating, drinking, walking around, so he’s doing very, very well,” said Weiss. “I would say it’s a miracle.”

First Baby Born At IDF Field Hospital in Nepal

“It’s a boy!”

Nepal — April 29, 2015 … The first baby delivered by the Israel Defense Forces was born Wednesday at the IDF field hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The baby was transferred and is being hospitalized at the Premature Babies Unit.

Happppy Birthday जन्मदिनको

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VIDEO – Israel Opens Field Hospital in Nepal

A 260-person Israel Defense Forces humanitarian mission carrying 95 tons of supplies
and 40 doctors has arrived in Nepal. The IDF will remain there for at least two weeks.

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VIDEO: Israel Defense Forces Humanitarian Aid Mission Arrives In Nepal

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 28, 2015 …  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon  at his Jerusalem office, held a consultation on Israel’s rescue efforts in Nepal.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, Foreign Ministry Director General Nissim Ben-Shetrit, GOC Home Front Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and MDA Director General Eli Bein, as well as representatives from the Justice and Public Security ministries, were also in attendance.

“We are focusing on two efforts,” said Netanyahu.  “Our first effort is to locate and rescue Israelis who are in distress in Nepal and enable their safe return home. To this end we are continuing operational and diplomatic activity with the Nepalese government and with other elements. At the same time, we are operating a field hospital in Nepal to help the Nepalese people in their hour of distress. We are operating under two principles: All Israel is responsible one for the other, and Israel extending a hand in humanitarian assistance in Nepal as it has done in many other places around the world.”

It was reported that eleven Israelis are currently defined as not being in contact; the whereabouts of dozens more are known, but it has not been possible to reach them. Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered that, alongside the efforts to locate and rescue them, consideration be given to the possibilities of dropping them food and means to keep warm, and of reaching them escorted by local security forces.

It was also reported that 338 Israelis so far have returned to Israel, in addition to 25 infants who have already landed in Israel.


IDF Home Front Command briefed participants on progress in setting up a field hospital in Nepal that will be able to treat approximately 200 patients a day.

Prime Minister Netanyahu commended the work of the Foreign Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the IDF and MDA.

Today’s discussion is in continuation to the daily assessments that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been holding since the earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday.

Netanyahu spoke with the head of the IDF humanitarian mission to Nepal: “Send my regards to everyone, good luck and keep up the good work!”

More than 4,600 people are dead. Over 9,000 injured. Eight million affected across Nepal whose roads are destroyed or blocked. One million children urgently in need of shelter, food and clothes.

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“Israel’s True Face” – Team of 260 Search, Rescue, Medical Professionals Leave For Nepal

An IDF doctor tends to a patients at the field hospital in Haiti (IDF)
Israel – repeating the miracle of Haiti in Nepal.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 26, 2015 — Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today spoke to the commander of the Israeli delegation to Nepal, Col. Yoram Laredo.

The Prime Minister was informed that the rescue mission to Nepal includes an IDF field hospital and that its goals were locating Israelis, rescuing people who were trapped and treating the injured. IDF Col. Laredo told Prime Minister Netanyahu that an advance team had already landed and was preparing the infrastructure for the arrival of the humanitarian mission.

“You are being sent on an important mission. This is the true face of Israel – a country that offers aid over any distance at such moments. Good luck. We are counting on you,” said Netanyahu.

A 260-person Israel Defense Forces mission carrying 95 tons of supplies and 40 doctors has departed for Nepal on this Sunday night. The IDF will remain there for at least two weeks.

When it arrives on Monday, half the Israeli team will set up a field hospital — including operating rooms, X-ray equipment and pediatric care — to provide emergency medical services to the wounded. The other half will conduct search-and-rescue missions in collapsed buildings.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner expects Israel’s field hospital to be the first in operation in Nepal. In the past, the IDF has set up field hospitals following natural disasters in Haiti, the Philippines and Japan.

“It’s one of the missions the IDF sees itself prepared for and willing to do,” said Lerner. “The Home Front Command is ultimately built to carry out evacuation-type scenarios in Israel, so they are planning and preparing and executing for buildings that have collapsed here. If we can take that knowledge and help people across the world who are in desperation, it’s the right thing to do.”

Israel President Reuven Rivlin spoke this evening with senior IDF Home Front Command officer Brig.-Gen. Yoel Strick, as he prepared to send a team of 260 search and rescue, and medical professionals from Israel to the disaster area in Katmandu, Nepal.

“My blessings go to all the team undertaking this brave and humanitarian mission,” said President Rivlin. ” I am proud of you and your staff for their speedy and impressive enlistment at such a time of need.  This delegation of ‘messenger angels’ represents the universal values, in the spirit of our people and our country, and through you, I wish to thank each and every one of them.”

 IDF Brig.-Gen. Strick explained that the first plane had already landed at its destination, during the subsequent earthquake which occurred today.  He shared with the President that he had received hundreds of applications from those of all professions and rescue groups, who wanted to be dispatched on this important aid mission.  He said: “We have set out on a mission which symbolizes all that the IDF stands for, and we are greatly proud of this.”

The Brig.-Gen. thanked the President for his kind words, and said he would pass them on to the members of the delegation.

A day after an earthquake killed more than 2,400 people and injured about 6,000, residents grew frantic and the government was entirely overwhelmed as aftershocks sent the people of Katmandu screaming into the streets.

A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at

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Israel Sends Humanitarian Search, Rescue, Medical Team To Nepal


………….. PM Netanyahu Holds Update on the Situation in Nepal 

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 25, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening  following the lethal earthquake in Nepal and nearby areas, held an assessment of the situation, via telephone, with Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

It was agreed to dispatch – as soon as possible – a rescue delegation including medical support. The humanitarian delegation will land near the affected zone and make its preparations until it becomes possible to land in Nepal.

Israelis in the affected zone will receive the means necessary to return to Israel. The Prime Minister, on behalf of the Israeli people, conveys his deepest condolences to the people of Nepal and says that Israel will render such assistance as may be required.

The IDF announced that they will send a delegation to determine the extent of required humanitarian aid assistance. The mission is set to fly out in the next 24 hours on the orders of IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Thousands were killed in an earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude which struck east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday. The earthquake caused buildings and centuries-old temples in the capital Kathmandu to collapse and cut open roads in the worst tremor in the Himalayan nation in 81 years.

Several Israelis were lightly injured in the deadly earthquake in Nepal according to the Israel Foreign Ministry. The number of Israelis designated ‘out of reach’ was raised to 250.

As Kathmandu airport in Nepal remains closed following the devastating earthquake, the Israel Foreign Ministry is working to evacuate newborns to Israel.

The 24 infants born in recent days to surrogate mothers in Nepal are waiting with their Israeli parents to be evacuated following the lethal earthquake which struck the area on Saturday morning.

Nine of the infants were born premature and one is in serious condition. The Foreign Ministry told Ynet that it planned to fly out the families in helicopters from Nepal to neighboring India because the airport in Kathmandu was closed.

A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at


Israel: Russia Must Not Supply Missiles To Iran


By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 20, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel.

Israel also views with utmost gravity the fact that there is no reference to this aggression in the agreement being made between the major powers and Iran. There is no stipulation that this aggression be halted, whether at the start of the agreement or as a condition for the lifting of sanctions.”

Netanyahu added: “Yesterday we saw the military parade in Tehran and Iran’s exhibition of weapons to the world. Every year the missiles are bigger and enhanced – in accuracy, strength and deadliness; however, one thing does not change. What does not change is the inscription ‘Death to Israel’ on the missiles. Against the threats that I have described, Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of the state and its citizens.”

Russia’s decision to sell the S-300 to Iran will shift the military balance in the Middle East.

It represents a fundamental shift in military power for the region. For over a decade, the United States and its allies have been able to take freedom of action in the Middle East. Friendly forces could count on air support and freedom of maneuver. Adversaries could assume they were vulnerable to observation and attack from the air, limiting their options and convincing some of them that they could not achieve their objectives through military force (often called deterrence by denial). This was especially true of Iran, whose air defenses have suffered greatly due to sanctions. The arrival of the S-300 changes this.

Overcoming this type of advanced, missile system will require a large deployment of air, sea, and land assets, including the most capable—and expensive—airplanes and missiles. People and equipment will be at greater risk, and accomplishing the mission will be more difficult and time consuming.

It represents a major acceleration in the proliferation of A2/AD systems. In 2003, Andrew Krepinevich, Barry Watts, and Robert Work warned against the proliferation of threats like the S-300 in a study published by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis that coined the phrase “Anti-Access/Area-Denial,” or A2/AD. They argued that terror states such as Iran and North Korea would acquire capable systems like the S-300, forcing the United States to alter its approach to projecting military power.