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A new fire truck donated by Volkswagen was inaugurated at the Bible Lands Museum, in Jerusalem, in conjunction with the KKL-JNF World Leadership Conference, at a ceremony attended by Speaker of the Knesset MK Yuli Edelstein, KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler and Prof. Jochem Heizmann, Volkswagen Vice President and President of the Volkswagen Group in China.
“When one saves a single life, it is as though an entire world has been saved,” said Benjamin Bloch, President of KKL-JNF Germany, as he opened the ceremony. “I am sure the vehicle you have provided us will help us save lives, although I hope it will not be necessary.”
Speaker of the Knesset MK Yuli Edelstein greeted the audience and said, “Israeli summers are very dangerous for forests, and we have experienced more than a few disasters in recent years, including fires in the Jerusalem Forest, not far from where we are right now. With your help, we can ensure that there will be fewer disasters.”
In order to emphasize how important the issue is, he told the audience that as they were conducting this ceremony, there was a vote being conducted in the Knesset for the State budget. “I hope all the Knesset members are behaving properly, even though I am not there at the moment,” said Edelstein with a big smile.
“We are still suffering from the trauma of the Carmel fire that broke out about two years ago,” said KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler, “but the truth is that there have been thousands of wildfires since then.” He noted that many of these fires are caused by arson and said that experience has shown that a swift response by a well equipped fire truck can reduce damage and save human life. “Thanks to Volkswagen, we now have greater fire suppression capability,” he said, “and this is yet another link in the chain of our cooperation with Germany, which includes the Beit Eshel site, the German States Forest in the Negev, and many other beautiful projects.”
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