New York, NY, December 3, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the numerous countries who have aided Israel's efforts to fight the devastating forest fire in the Carmel region.
To date, the countries who are reported to have offered or provided assistance include: Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And more are gearing up to send supplies and support as appropriate.
ADL took particular note of Turkey's response, after Ankara sent firefighting aircraft to the scene of the blaze and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement expressing condolences for the 41 Israelis who perished in the blaze on Thursday.
"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes misfortune to bring old friends closer and reinvigorate their relationship," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Perhaps Turkey's unconditional willingness to help Israel in this time of need will lead to something good arising from the ashes of these terrible fires."
In a letter to Erdogan, ADL wrote: "Turkey's immediate and constructive response to this crisis is an important gesture of friendship at this very difficult time for Israel and a present day reminder of the historic and deep ties between Israel and Turkey."