Feb. 10, 2016
Manuel L. Quezon, second president of the Phillipines, was one of the few world leaders to open his country’s doors to European Jewry desperately trying to escape the clutches of the Nazis. The relationship between the Jewish Nation and the Phillipines has remained mutually warm and respectful until this day. The Phillipines was one of 33 countries that voted for the creation of the State of Israel in the UN. There have been constant economic, military and cultural connections between the two countries. In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the IDF sent 150 soldiers and doctors to take care of the millions of displaced and hurt Phillipine residents. It seems that for Israel and the Phillipines, kindness and doing the right thing just comes naturally.