Gantz: Israel ready to provide assistance to Lebanon amid economic crisis

Head of Blue and White party Benny Gantz speaks at the annual international Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv, on February February 20, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** מדבר ישראל שלטון מקומי חדשנות בני גנץ כחול לבן

JPost: Defense Minister Benny Gantz offered to assist Lebanon on Sunday as Israel’s neighbor continues to suffer from a worsening economic crisis.

“As an Israeli, as a Jew and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon,” wrote Gantz on Twitter. “Israel has offered assistance to Lebanon in the past and even today we are ready to act, and to encourage other countries to extend a helping hand to Lebanon so that it will once again flourish and emerge from its state of crisis.”

“Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.” Psalm 83:7

Lebanon is suffering from a worsening economic crisis, with violence and protests breaking out in cities around the country as basic services collapse. Electricity outages and gas shortages are now commonplace in the country.
Over half of Lebanon’s population now lives in poverty. According to the World Bank, Lebanon’s financial crisis is likely to rank in the top 10, possibly even the top three, most severe crises in the world since the mid-1800’s. A World Bank report in early June warned that “the increasingly dire socio-economic conditions risk systemic national failings with regional and potentially global effects.” Read More