Invoking “spirit of shared destiny,” Israel thanks neighbors for climate disaster aid

At the climate talks in Cancun, Israel’s ambassador to Mexico gave her heartfelt thanks to the nations that came to her country’s aid “” including Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt “” during the worst wildfire in its history, and called for climate negotiations to be driven by the “spirit of shared destiny.” After discussing the many advances the state of Israel has made in greening its economy, Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon addressed the threats that global warming pollution poses for her Mediterranean nation.  Brad Johnson has the story.

She discussed the “terrible forest fire” that raged last week, fueled by record heat and drought, until other nations came to join the battle:

Last week, a terrible forest fire broke out in northern Israel, devastating acres of land. This was the worst wildfire Israel has experienced and resulted in loss of life, and the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes, acres of devastated forest area including a large percentage of the limited natural forests that exist in the country.

This had been the hottest and driest November on record, after years of drought, and the dry land made it impossible to extinguish the flames. Finally the fire was controlled through assistance we received from many countries in our region and as well as others, and I would like to take this opportunity to express Israel’s heartfelt thanks for the generous help received.

This international cooperation that was so needed in fighting the flames in Israel further emphasizes the significance of the global effort that is required when dealing with the challenges of climate change. This spirit of shared destiny between the peoples of this planet lies at the heart of the climate change convention. As leaders, we must do whatever it takes to reflect that spirit and by coming to an agreed outcome here in Cancun.

The devastating wildfire that ripped through Israel last week was a predicted consequence of global warming pollution. Scientists could not predict, however, how the peoples of the region would transcend their deep political and religious divides to help each other in the face of biblical destruction, building hope through solidarity on our shared planet.

– Brad Johnson, in a Wonk Room cross-post.

6 Responses to Invoking “spirit of shared destiny,” Israel thanks neighbors for climate disaster aid

  1. Prokaryotes says:

    I was impressed when i read of Turkey’s help, having in mind the flotila issue from a few month ago and such.

    Related to this, the release of the US clmate copenhagen cables, yet today we see

    Cancun meeting reaches climate change agreement
    The Cancun climate change talks closed in the early hours of Saturday morning with an agreement aimed at stopping climate change.

  2. Paulm says:

    Never fails, a bit of fire and brimstone always converts the skeptical.
    It’s a unfortunate human condition.

  3. tomfarmer says:

    “Shared destiny” is a very interesting term.. allow me make a broader and most salient reflection which I’d be the first to admit is inspired from a movie script line Robert Redford spoke in one of his roles as a former CIA-operative. Entering his office early and to the quizzical brow of his secretary he said: So when did Noah build the Ark? [ wisely she does not answer ] and he goes on to answer thusly: Before the flood!

    Used as an appropriate metaphor by myself in short bursts against local denialists = the question, not answer; had a number of nonsenses in response. Asks like what’s this gotta do with climate! Arks is old, we donner need no ark.. and funniest of all to me, I can’t find this is the good book.. like a date—this issa dumb question. Yeah right… for dummies!

    Anyways, added here for its pertinence and practical merits in backfooting the backward.

  4. Eve says:

    I have lived in Israel for the past 18 years. This November was strange – so hot and dry and hardly a drop of rain. I happened to
    spend a weekend at Kibbutz Beit Oren in the area where the fire broke out about 2 weeks before it happened. As we hiked through the beautiful
    forest we were struck by how dry everything was. Less than 2 weeks later we sat before the television in horror as the fire raged and 43 people were killed ( 2 have died in hospital since the fire). There is no question the drought added to the intensity and deadliness of the fire.
    Here is a quote from Israeli firefighter Arik Nisimov (from the newpaper Yediot Ahronot, my translation) “I know fires and have been exposed to shocking things in the past but I have never seen anything like the fire on the Carmel – a catastrophe on a scale that reminds me of a volcanic eruption. The height of the flames and the intensity of the heat were insane.”

    Will we peoples of this region transcend our deep political and religous divides? I am sceptical but we have to hope.

  5. Tim L. says:

    This poses a helluva dilemma for the Frightwinger pro-Israel / anti-science crowd, now doesn’t it?

  6. Leif says:

    “Shared destiny”, unshared causes….