Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders emergency services to ask neighboring countries for help in battling the fires raging throughout the country.
“I asked to immediately increase our request for planes,” Netanyahu says Wednesday. “The need today is less acute” than during the deadly Carmel Forest fire in 2010, “because we have our own [firefighting] aircraft squadron, but there are certain needs, types of planes, that we will be asking our neighbors for,” he says.
Requests from the Israel Police, which is responsible for the fire-fighting squadron, will be delivered to neighboring fire and rescue services via the National Security Council, Netanyahu says.
— Raphael Ahren