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Following a request from the United States and the United Nations,
the Israel Police will send dozens of armed officers to join
peacekeeping efforts in Haiti, the Public Security Ministry announced
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to authorize the police delegation, and
the request will be approved, a source close to the public security
The officers will undergo a brief period of physical and mental preparation before being flown to Haiti, the source added.
Lieberman said the international peacekeeping force was "one of
the most urgent and important requirements for coping with the disaster
in Haiti, in view of the breakdown of government rule. The United
States has requested that Israel consider sending a contingent of
police officers to join the international force, which will be deployed
in Haiti in the near future. The Israeli contingent will be comprised
of 100 police officers.
"Israeli aid to Haiti not only expresses moral values of the
highest order, but is also a Jewish and Israeli tradition that provides
the opportunity to demonstrate Israel's commitment to international
efforts to assist disaster victims," he said.
Last week, a delegation of Israel Police crime scene
investigation specialists flew to Haiti with the IDF's Home Front
Command and medical team to assist in the identification of earthquake
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