Statement by Ambassador Michael Oren in Response to the Fire in Northern Israel
Dec. 3, 2010
The State of Israel is facing a fire of unprecedented magnitude. We mourn the tragic loss of life and deeply regret the devastation to communities, wildlife, and forests.
The People of Israel have been profoundly moved by the outpouring of support from a number of foreign countries, including many in our region. We are especially grateful to President Barack Obama for his expression of support. "That's what friends do for each other," he said last night, and he personally assured me that the administration would do its utmost to aid Israel swiftly in its hour of need.
We are ready to begin the task of rebuilding-restoring the damaged communities, replenishing the wildlife, and planting new forests.
The State of Israel has surmounted many challenges in its short history. Together with our friends worldwide, we will overcome this too.