leader Naftali Bennett and his deputy in the Religious Affairs Ministry, MK Eli
Ben-Dahan, both engaged in a different kind of public service during the ongoing
snowstorm on Sunday.
Both of them used their jeeps to help transport
women who delivered babies through the storm and other charitable
Ben-Dahan started his weekend Friday by helping a family from
Jerusalem's Beit Hakerem neighborhood get across town to the Har Homa
neighborhood for the Brit Mila ceremony of their son. He then hosted for Shabbat
at his Jerusalem home four families of more than 20 people from a poor
neighborhood who lacked electricity in their apartments.
night, the ZAKA organization asked Ben-Dahan to take a sick woman from her home
on a narrow road in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood to Sharei Tzedek Hospital
in his Toyota Landcruiser. The deputy minister pushed several cars out of the
snow on Sunday.
Ben-Dahan helped a woman who had given birth recently get
to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Sunday to remove her stitches. He then drove a
woman who gave birth three days earlier at the hospital return from the hospital
to her home across town in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood along with her husband
and newborn baby.
"I drove jeeps in the IDF and I love taking jeep
tours," Ben-Dahan said. "The government should have called in more volunteers
with jeeps. I am sure if they would have, many more people could have been
saved. There are people who are embarrassed to volunteer to help like I did, but
if they would have been asked, I am sure they would have come." On a tour of
communities in Samaria, Bennett helped a pregnant woman get from Ofra to Meir
Hospital in Kfar Saba. He delivered pitas to communities that had not had bread
deliveries since before the storm began Thursday morning.
encouraged people in communities that lacked electricity to leave temporarily.
He helped people remove their cars from the snow.
"This is the only
freeze there will be around here," he reassured the residents of Samaria. "I am
proud to see so many people helping each other. The solidarity among the people
here is very impressive."
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