Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened up Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting by sending condolences to the families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airliner that crashed on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, and by offering aid to the Ethiopian government.
“I want to send condolences to Ethiopia and to the families of the victims,” Netanyahu said, adding that if there is anything that Israel can do to help Ethiopia at this time, it will do so. He said that this message has been relayed to the Ethiopian government.
Netanyahu added that the Foreign Ministry was checking to see if there were any Israelis on the flight.
Ethiopian Airlines is a popular airline for Israelis travelling to Africa and to India, with Kan Bet reporting that some 100,000 Israelis traveled on the airline last year. In addition, the Foreign Ministry set up a situation room to follow the crisis.
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