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House of Representatives Mourns Israel Fire Losses

House of Representatives Mourns Israel Fire Losses

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously mourned the loss of life in Israel’s worst ever forest fire and pledged to support assistance.

The non-binding resolution passed Tuesday, sponsored by outgoing Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), "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 also recognizes other countries that have assisted, including Turkey. Pro-Israel lawmakers have in recent months criticized Turkey for its deteriorating ties with Israel.

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