U.S. Responds to Wildfires in Israel

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 3, 2010
Fires in Northern Israel

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv advises U.S. citizens to be aware of a major wildfire currently affecting the northern part of the country. At least 20 percent of the Carmel forest reportedly is affected as the fire continues to burn. Fire threatens Nir Etzion, on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel, and other communities in the vicinity.

In the greater area in and surrounding the fire, more than 17,000 people have been evacuated, including the campus of Haifa University. U.S. citizens in the Haifa vicinity are encouraged to check road conditions. North-south travel south of Haifa has been disrupted at times due to fire danger and the presence of emergency equipment and personnel.

Secretary Clinton said, "I offer my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in the fires in northern Israel. The people of the United States know all too well the devastation caused by wildfires, and we are fully committed to assisting Israel during this tragedy."

U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham said, "The United States is working closely with Israel to provide all assistance possible to fight the fire, and prepare for long term recovery needs. The people of the United States stand with you. As President Obama said yesterday, 'That's what friends do for each other'."

Ambassador Cunningham continued, "USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is arranging the purchase and delivery of flame retardant chemicals. The U.S. European Command has made 20,000 liters of fire suppressant chemical available. The U.S. will provide fire mapping to help local Israeli responders get the most accurate picture of the extent and force of the fire.

"We are prepared to assist with further aircraft resources, in addition to the generous response of other nations, if these aircraft can arrive from the U. S. in time to be effective. We have been in touch with the U.S. Forest Service and Jewish National Fund to develop an early assessment of the economic costs of the blaze and to determine what long term assistance may be needed."

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of assistance in Israel, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Additional information about the wildfires in Israel is available on the embassy's website here.



South Korea
December 3, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Oh! miserable...to be fast recovery. and mourn to vitims.

and, Although everyone knows, the stock market speculation, excessive debt and are trying to have fun at Christmas might have to doubt. My biggest decision might have been wrong, that is, between the rich and ordinary citizens to create a new Wall one more I think. Boost and their desire for the speculation to think otherwise. Even if investors assume in good faith, is considered too risky choices. Investors have lost control of the financial crisis is considered criminal. Thinking that financial reform should be continued ...

Is the opinion of the internal and external of the speculative, or just wonder what is a joint creation of two forces. I could be wrong sustaining ...

P.S the amount of 1 year's MRE, the HMMWV

United States
December 4, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

I hope Israel checks the passport of everyone who entered Israel within the days, weeks leading up to their fire as these incidents seem to be terror related. Also, placing strategic cameras at traffic nodes might help law enforcement detect the people or groups responsible for these numerous fires. Traffic cameras might have helped track down the culprit in the Malibu fires by determining which residents are entering the area compared to non residents thus narrowing down the investigation. There are only usually one or two traffic lights that lead into forested areas so using camera technology might help in prevention. Maybe placing mandatory serial numbers and locators on resident's cars would also help in a high fire area so the computer could quickly ascertain who lives in a forested area and who doesn't. That would at least help narrow down possible suspects for law enforcement.

New York, USA
December 5, 2010

S.F. in New York writes:

Please let's say tefillah for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. May Hashem help all of Chal Yisroel. And may we all experience miracles during this week of Hanukkah. Baruch Hashem!


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