Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his meeting with President Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed that he was “deeply moved” by the Philippines’ show of humanity since former president Manuel Quezon allowed the entry of some 1,300 Jewish refugees to the country.
“We remember the exceptional role of the Philippines that received Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. We remember that the Philippines was the only Asian country that voted for the establishment of the State of Israel in the UN resolution in 1947,” Netanyahu said.
“I, like many, many Israeli families, have [been] deeply moved by this show of humanity,” he added.
Duterte and Netanyahu witnessed the signing of three agreements — the Memorandum of Agreement on the Employment of Filipino Caregivers, Memorandum of Understanding on Scientific Cooperation, and Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Investments and Invest in Israel.
Netanyahu described how Filipino caregivers have taken care of the Israeli elderly as a “remarkable phenomenon” as someone who has experienced it first-hand.
“I am one of those families, Mr. President. My late father died at the age of 102. In his later years, (he) received incredible care by a caregiver from the Philippines, a woman who has exceptional compassion and intelligence. She took care of my father’s every need. And when he passed away, she took care of his brother’s niece until he passed away,” the Israeli Prime Minister said.
“This is an exceptional agreement and I think heralds the kind of friendship that we are developing,” he added.
For his part, President Duterte said “Israel can expect any help that the Philippines can extend to your country.”
“We received the Israelis there and their families and I am sure that many of them have spread all throughout the country,” Duterte said.
“Thank you and may we continue to be blessed with a strong relationship. I do not think that there will ever be a time when there is an irritation between our two countries,” he added.