Netanyahu to Japanese PM: Israel stands behind you

March 16, 2011 21:37


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered to Japan "any assistance" it needs in a letter he wrote Wednesday to his Japanese counterpart, Naoto Kan.

"I want to express to the Japanese people our deep sorrow as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country and claimed a heavy toll in human life," Netanyahu wrote.

Netanyahu wrote that Israel was prepared to "help to the best of its ability" and immediately send rescue teams, medical teams, experts in identifying bodies, water purification facilities and any assistance asked for to the disaster area.

"The citizens of Israel stand beside you at this difficult time," he wrote. "I have no doubt that the strength and heroism displayed by the Japanese people will help overcome this terrible tragedy." Israel offered Japan any assistance needed immediately after the earthquake hit, but so far the Japanese have not taken up Israel's aid offer.

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