A woman whose car was stuck on one of Jerusalem’s snow-covered streets found herself being helped on Sunday by none other than Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Yaalon and his staff, who happened to pass by the woman in distress, stopped their vehicle, rolled up their sleeves and pushed the car out of the snow. The defense minister provided the woman with instructions so that she could drive away safely.
Local residents who were pleasantly surprised to see Israel’s Defense Minister helping out were cheering him on. After assisting in getting the car out of the snow, Yaalon wished the woman a “safe and pleasant drive” and left the scene.
"This morning we ran into a driver who was stuck with her car in the snow on a street in Jerusalem. We immediately rolled up our sleeves and helped her,” Yaalon tweeted after the incident.
Yaalon is not the only cabinet minister who helped Israelis affected by this weekend’s snow storm.
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) spent much of Sunday helping residents of Judea and Samaria who were stranded by the intense snow.
The storm, despite leaving thousands stranded in their homes without power for several days, has brought out the best in Israelis who went all out to help one another. President Shimon Peres chose to highlight this positive aspect of the storm in an interview he gave on Saturday night.
"I know there's a lot to look into, but there is also much to be proud of," he told Channel 10. "I saw so many volunteers and dedicated people trying to help out those in distress. It made me proud. Workers from the electric company climbing power lines, the police looking for someone who may have been missed, the military, the municipality and a lot of volunteers who came to help.”
Minister Yaalon and his men help move the stuck car. Photos: Defense Ministry