Obama pledges US help for Israel forest fires

Obama pledges US help for Israel forest fires
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 10:52pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is offering condolences
to families in Israel who've lost loved ones in the worst forest
fire in the country's history, and pledging U.S. help.

The president commented at a Hanukkah celebration at the White
House Thursday on the disaster that killed 36 people.

The fire ripped through a forest in Israel's Galilee, one of the country's
few forested areas.

The president addressed himself to Israel's ambassador to the
U.S., Michael Oren, who was at the celebration.

Obama said the U.S. was exploring how to help Israel respond to the disaster.

Said the president: "That's what friends do for each other."

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