December 5th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Officials: Firefighters making progress on Israel blaze

The "major sources" of a deadly Israeli wildfire have been extinguished, police said Sunday, as the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to speed aid to those affected.

The cabinet's vote, at a special meeting near the area affected by the fire, came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged haste.

"I do not want delays," Netanyahu said. "I do not want bureaucracy. I want processes to be shortened. I want quick solutions. I want all of the people - within days - to be able to return to their homes or to alternative
housing, until the reconstruction work is finished."

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  1. Ricardo M.

    Maybe if Israel could afford firefighters. There are more firemen in Juarez than there is in Israel.

    December 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      "There are more firemen in Juarez than there is in Israel."

      But of course!.. and your source of information about Israel is...?

      December 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ricaedo M.

    Israel has one firefighter for every 100,000 residents. Juarez has 3 times that, and the avg. US city has 5-6 times that. Look it up for yourself.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ricardo M.

    One in ten-thousand rather.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ricardo M.

    But lack of firemen in and of itself is not proof that God is no longer with Israel.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ori

    What Do You Mean God Ain,t With Israel Not True Why Would He Tell Us To Pray For Israel I Love People Of All Nationality Please Don,t Say That.

    December 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    putting polotcs, religion and israels lack of man power, this once again shows the Brotherhood of Fire Dept. if it were not mutial aid most rural depts would be in big trouble. so the next time you see a FF tell em thanks. also remember them during the holidays. while you enjoy yours remember they will always be there protecting you. so even stop by a Fire House and say hi. thanks

    December 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    do the fire-fighters over there still use buckets? and like horse drawn fire equipment?

    December 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Veritas

    @Tomcat excellent point. firefighters deserve our thanks. Thank you ff!

    December 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Mazel tov!

    December 6, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |