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Genial Turkey assists Israel

In a neighbourly gesture, Turkey assists Israel contain raging wild fires in the north

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Dec 2010
Israel fire
AP: A firefighting plane sprays fire extinguishing material over the blazes in Yemin Orde, northern Israel, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Fire officials said the blaze, that is still out of control, has already torched some 1,600 acres.
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As Israel struggles to contain wild forest fires, Turkish-Israeli diplomacy seems to be cordially resuming as Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, for the first time in over a year, engaged in dialogue.

Netanyahu thanked the Turkish government for its part in assisting Israel, as wild forest fires continue to ravage its northern regions, and hoped for improved relations between the two countries, according to a report in Assafir, a Lebanese daily.

However, Germany's declaration that it had convinced Turkey to provide assistance to Israel could complicate their relationship and ruin the Turkish initiative.

Israel asked several countries for assistance after failing to contain the fires including, Bulgaria, Croatia, Russia, Romania, France and Spain.

It received help from 15 states including two planes from Turkey, a helicopter from Egypt and fire-fighting vehicles from Jordan and the Palestinians.

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