Day 34 of the Omer
Every year, we get one or two extra severe bouts of heat wave. And every year when that happens, fires break out all over the country. And every time, it later turns out that Arabs set the fires, taking advantage of the circumstances.
The authorities are admitting the Arabs set the fires in the south of the country yesterday. They can't cover that up.
Firefighters bring 11 fires lit by Hamas balloons under controlThere is not a doubt in my mind that it will turn out that they are also responsible for the fires burning in the center of the country, too.
At least 11 fires blazed in Eshkol and Sdot Negev regions on Wednesday from incendiary balloons tossed over from the Gaza Strip. One consumed a 12-acre wheat field belonging to Kibbutz Alumim. By nightfall, the firefighters had brought them all under control. Because of the exceptionally dry, hot and windy weather Israel’s fire and rescue services had issued a fire warning across the country and banned the customary Lag Be’Omer bonfires.in many places.
ISRAEL ON RED ALERT AS HEAT WAVE FIRES SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRYAnd in a related story... "Arson has not been ruled out, according to the Police."
...The red-level alert was raised and a full mobilization of firefighters have been scrambled throughout the entire country. There have been requests for volunteer firefighters and for assistance from neighboring countries for firefighting planes.
...Today's events began when a large fire broke out near Beit Hagai, in the southern Hebron Hills in the West Bank on Thursday. The first line of houses have been evacuated in the settlement. There are currently reports of at least 15 people being treated for smoke inhalation.
...In a related development, Israel police blocked route 443 and evacuated communities around the Ben Shemen forest Thursday as fires of undetermined origin raged through the area.
Route 1, the major artery connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was a snarled traffic jam near the area in the afternoon as the sun began to descend toward the horizon.
On the skyline, brown and black smoke billowed from the Ben Shemen forest. Usually a picnic area, the place was turned into a looming inferno as a fire spread during the hottest day of the spring so far.
...Deri Semachi briefed reporters there on the situation. He said that investigations were still underway to determine the cause of the fires.
On the very day when Jews traditionally burn bonfires in celebration of Lag La'Omer, it seems the Arabs didn't want to be left out. I hope this is not going to become a new tradition for Ramadan.
You can see a full report here: Netanyahu calls for international help as huge fires force evacuation of 3,500
HKB"H knows and He will avenge any wrong done to His Land and People.