WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama spoke by phone to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Friday to convey America’s condolences about Israeli lives lost in the massive forest fire and discuss US assistance.
“We are pursuing a ‘full court press’ to help and have the Israeli people in our thoughts and prayers,” Obama told Netanyahu.So far the US has sent 12,000 liters of fire-suppressing foam and 45 metric tons of fire-retardant spray to be disseminated from planes, and is looking at the possibility of sending air support, according to National Security Council senior Middle East advisor Dan Shapiro.
In addition, a team of three expert American fire fighters is due to arrive this weekend.
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