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Israeli Forest Fire Has Been Extinguished, Officials Say

Photo Courtesy - Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- The fire that killed 42 people and torched nearly 13,000 acres of forest in Israel has finally been extinguished, according to firefighters.

The blaze burned for four days in Israel's Carmel Forest, creating an estimated $500 million in private and public property damage.  The death toll, which previously stood at 41, rose by one Monday as word came that Haifa's police chief had died in the fire.

Israelis are angry and are demanding a commission of inquiry into the country's response.  Israel's comptroller says he will decide on an inquiry in the upcoming days.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also responded by saying he'll set up a national fire squad task force and will make money readily available to rebuild the north.´╗┐

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Obama Calls Netanyahu On Forest Fires in Israel

Photo Courtesy - The White House(HAIFA, Israel) -- During his return from Afghanistan Friday, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express his condolences regarding forest fires that began Thursday in Israel.

In a paper statement, the White House reported, "The president expressed his deepest condolences on behalf of the American people for the tragic loss of life resulting from the fires in northern Israel.  The president said he is pleased that American and Israeli officials have been in near-constant contact since the fires began." 

The White House added that President Obama assured Netanyahu that USAID and the Department of Defense would deliver fire-retardant chemicals this weekend and that the U.S. is pursuing a "full court press" to help the Israeli people.

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