The Chilean rescue operation that has shown how Chile values each life is an "inspiration" to the world, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in a phone conversation Wednesday night.
Netanyahu said he and the Israeli people salute the Chileans, the heroism of the miners, and the self-sacrifice of the rescuers. During the conversation Netanyahu invited Pinera to Israel for the signing in the near future of a free trade agreement between the two countries.
The Prime Minister's Office quoted Pinera as saying he would be glad to visit. "We want to learn your technological and scientific wonders, he said.