PA Has Hissyfit Because Israel Did Not Thank Them Enough For Helping WIth Fires

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You know what they say: the palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity be irked.

mahmoud-abbas-angryThe Palestinian Authory was reportedly irked that it did not received what it saw as a proper response from Israel thanking PA firefighters for their efforts to battle raging blazes across the country in recent days.

“Palestine’s decision to assist in efforts to extinguish the fires in Israel, was conducted in line with their humanitarian principles, rules and obligations, and not with the expectation of receiving thanks from the Israeli government,” the Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry stated Monday.

However, the Palestinian Authority expressed its indignation over what it perceived as Israel expressing due gratitude to the various countries that offered firefighting assistance, except for the Palestinians.

On Sunday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry published a social media announcement in which it thanked all the foreign counties that came to Israel’s aid during the past week’s outbreak of fires.

In their embittered reaction, the Palestinians mentioned that while they were mentioned in small print at the bottom of the infographic expression of gratitude, the image portrayed countries such as the US, Greece, France, Turkey and more than a dozen others with colorful illustrations of planes and their respective flag.

Israel thanks the countries from around the world which sent crews, firefighting planes and equipment to fight the fires…

Posted by Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, November 25, 2016

The Palestinian Authority sent eight fire trucks and about 40 Palestinian firefighters to join efforts in extinguishing fires in Haifa and the Jerusalem Hills.

“The message was disgraceful and does not properly represent the participation of the Palestinian firefighters,” lamented the PA ministry.



“This is an attempt to diminish the humanitarian role of the Palestinian state in the world,” the Palestinians further charged.

Despite the PA’s grievances, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night made a rare call to express gratitude to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for sending the eight fire trucks and dozens of firefighters to battle the blaze.

If the PA decided to help “in line with their humanitarian principles, rules and obligations, and not with the expectation of receiving thanks from the Israeli government”, how come they are pissed over what they perceive as not receiving due thanks from the Israeli government?

This is simply ridiculous. And childish.

And for the record, the palestinians were also at risk from the fires. So one could argue they also had a self-interest in helping.

Nevertheless, I do appreciate their assistance – I am willing to acknowledge the good while calling them out on the bad. Which is unfortunately more common.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.