Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke late Sunday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering Israeli assistance in battling the devastating fires burning across the Amazon region that have caused global alarm.
Netanyahu’s office said Israel would send a shipment of flame-retarding chemicals and noted that the prime minister had praised Bolsonaro for his decision to send tens of thousands of soldiers to join the fight against the blazes.
Bolsonaro announced Friday that his government would send 44,000 soldiers to help battle the fires that are scattered across his nation’s share of the vast Amazon, an overall region 10 times the size of Texas that is seen as a global bulwark against climate change. Only a few hundred troops had been sent so far.
Meanwhile Bolsonaro tweeted that Israel would send a specialized plane to help in the firefighting operation. It was not immediately clear when the equipment would be sent.
This would be the second time this year that Israel has sent assistance to Brazil.
In January an Israeli Defense Force search-and-rescue team deployed to the South American nation to assist in searching for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a catastrophic dam collapse.