'Firefighting plane could have come to Israel a lot faster'

December 14, 2010 17:40

An Israeli representative of the US "Evergreen" company that owns firefighting aircraft announced that already on the first day of the outbreak of the Carmel fire, he turned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to offer help and claims that he was turned away.

Yoram Gavron said, "They told me they do not work with private companies." Gavron then claimed he heard that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered his military secretary to find information about the aircraft on Google long after his initial offer to send Israel the "Super Tanker," one of the world's largest fire extinguishing planes.

The plane only arrived the weekend following the outbreak of the fire, after the government submitted an order to the US company asking for the aircraft.

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