PM: The forest we always knew to be green was burned

January 5, 2011 20:14

Speaking at an official government memorial service marking one month since the Carmel fire disaster, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: "We learned that the forest we always knew to be green transformed, in one moment, into something completely burned."

The prime minister, speaking among several interruptions that came from anguished family members who lost loved ones in the fire, thanked the families on behalf of the country and its citizens.

After saying that Jews and Druze, young and old, vetern citizens and new olim worked together to put out the fire, a man from the audience interrupted saying that Muslims also helped, to which the prime minister responded, "You're right, I apologize to you, Muslims also helped extinguish the fire."

Netanyahu also stressed during his speech that he promises that in the future putting out fires and dealing with natural disasters will happen as quickly as possible.

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