Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed condolences in a rare telephone call with Israeli Prime Minister Binyomin Netanyahu on Shabbos over the deadly fires raging in northern Israel, Israeli officials
The two leaders were not believed to have spoken since they last met in September when U.S.-backed peace talks stalled in a spat over Jewish settlement construction.
A statement from Netanyahu’s office said Abbas “expressed his condolences to the people of Israel on those who died in the fire and said he would be happy to provide any necessary help.”
In the conversation described as “warm and friendly,” Netanyahu replied that “neighbors should always help each other.”
Netanyahu also suggested he would put a fleet of firefighter planes he has plans to establish “at the disposal of” Israel’s Arab neighbors, the statement said.