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Former Middle East envoy donates mini-ambulance to Israeli EMS team

The vehicle, gifted by former U.S. official Jason Greenblatt and family, will be operated by a volunteer Arab first-responder—specifically, a woman.

The mini-lance emergency-services vehicle donated by former Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt; his wife, Naomi; and their family. Credit: United Hatzalah.
The mini-lance emergency-services vehicle donated by former Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt; his wife, Naomi; and their family. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Former Middle East envoy under the Trump administration Jason Greenblatt, together with his wife, psychiatrist Naomi Greenblatt, and their six children donated a mini-lance (mini-ambulance) emergency response vehicle to United Hatzalah of Israel. It will be specifically driven by an Arab volunteer and deployed in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem at the request of the Greenblatt family.

“It deeply resonates with me to know that by donating a mini-lance vehicle, I’m empowering an Arab volunteer to save lives in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, including right in her own community,” he said. “To me, the essence of Israel lies in its vibrant tapestry of diversity, and this ethos is beautifully reflected in the heart of United Hatzalah’s operations.”

United Hatzalah Mini-Vance EMS Vehicle
A mini-lance emergency services vehicle. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew, has long been dedicated to fostering positive change throughout the Middle East, where he maintains deep ties to the leadership and business communities. Currently, he is senior director of Arab-Israel Diplomacy for the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs.

The donated vehicle will be operated by a female Arab volunteer EMT. The initiative not only delivers a crucial resource to the community but serves as a symbol of unity and empowerment.

It aligns with the Greenblatt family’s broader mission to contribute positively to the well-being of communities, fostering unity and understanding in the process, with an extensive focus on Israel and its Arab neighbors.

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United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, nonprofit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest emergency medical first response throughout Israel for free. Its service is available to all people regardless of race, religion or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 5,000 volunteers across the country, available around the clock—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of GPS technology and iconic ambucycles, its network of volunteers has an average response time of less than three minutes. In some metropolitan areas, the average response time is 90 seconds. Its mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in more lives saved. See more at: https://israelrescue.org/.
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