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December 8, 2010

House of Representatives mourns fire losses

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israels_carmel_fire/article/house_of_representatives_mourns_fire_losses_20101208

The U.S. House of Representatives mourned the loss of life in Israel’s worst-ever forest fire and pledged to support assistance.

The nonbinding resolution passed unanimously Tuesday “mourns the loss of life and extends condolences to the families affected by the fire in northern Israel” and “supports the Obama Administration’s offer of, and rapid efforts to provide, United States fire fighting assistance to Israel in response to this disaster.”

The resolution, which was sponsored by outgoing Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), also recognized other countries that have assisted, including Turkey. Pro-Israel lawmakers in recent months have criticized Turkey for its deteriorating ties with Israel.

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