A senior firefighter says local Arab politicians 'set fires in the morning and come to be interviewed at night'; Mohammed, a paramedic, says that while saving people from the flames, he doesn't think about accusations being made against Arabs.
'Had firefighters arrived two minutes later, nothing would have been left of this place,' says Haifa rabbi.
After the fires, 1,200 people can’t go back to their homes, and many of the town’s famous pines have been destroyed.
Last week’s fires were about 80 percent as bad with a similar problem: Pine forests might now expand at the expense of natural woodlands.
Lessons have been drawn from the Carmel fire six years ago, but Hezbollah would provide a much greater challenge. Meanwhile, investigators are looking into that first blazes, caused by accident and nature, sparked politically-motivated arson.
Panic spread in the streets of Haifa as residents were forced to flee, with winds causing fire to intensify. Elderly and disabled evacuated to community centers near the beach.
Former fire commissioner: If not for lessons drawn from 2010 Carmel disaster, 'situation today would be much worse.'
Nothing natural about it; herd is being reintroduced to nature reserve in Haifa area.
Haifa Magistrate’s Court ruled that the city had not followed proper procedure before issuing the order, as well as not citing specific incidents of pollution or other problems in issuing its order.
The Government Press Office, Walla, the prime minister’s official Facebook page, Israel Hayom have all fallen in line to provide PR for PM Netanyahu and his wife.