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Israeli defense minister thanks Palestinian president for sending firefighters to Jerusalem

The cooperation on fighting the wildfires in Jerusalem is not the only recent evidence Israeli-Palestinian relations may be improving.
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft releases fire retardant while attempting to extinguish a forest fire near Kibbutz Tzova, west of Jerusalem, central Israel, Aug. 17, 2021.

In a rare move, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz thanked Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday for helping Israel’s firefighting efforts in Jerusalem.

“I would like to thank PA Chairman Abbas for his initiative to send the firefighters who came to assist Israel today,” said Gantz in a tweet. “Mutual care and saving human lives are common interests to us all.”

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