The day after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck, Israeli search and rescue teams were on the ground in Turkey, searching for civilians trapped under the rubble. In freezing cold temperatures, they rescued 19 people, saving their lives.

Israel also sent aid to Syria, which it considers to be a hostile state, and offered to treat wounded Syrians in its hospitals. Why would Israel, a tiny country of 9 million people, go to places it has a chilly relationship with to help?

To help the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, you can donate to JDC’s earthquake relief!… or Doctors Without Borders.