The Palestinian Authority contributed eight firetrucks and 40 firefighters to combat the fire in Haifa. All they got was a footnote.
The Israel Embassy in the U.S. published a thank you message on its Facebook page on Friday dedicated to all the countries that helped put out the wildfires raging across the country. Under the headline “Israel is thankful” — right on time for Thanksgiving — every country that sent firefighting crews was awarded a small image of plane with its flag. As can be seen above, countries such as the U.S., Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan were given this honor. Even countries that expressed their willingness to help, such as Portugal or Belarus, were mentioned.
Only the Palestinian Authority — which sent eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters to help put out the flames in the northern city of Haifa — was somehow forgotten. Or to be more precise, the PA was mentioned in a small footnote on the bottom right of the image, without a flag or a plane of its own — only the words: “Ground assistance received also from the Palestinian Authority.”
Maybe it’s because they don’t have a supertanker?
[Update, 7:40 p.m.: Two days after Palestinian firefighters were sent to help put out the fires, Prime Minister Netanyahu phones Mahmoud Abbas to thank him for the help.]