Massive fires are causing damage in Israel and terrorism is the suspected cause. It’s a new tactic in their playbook.
The impact has been devastating to our friends in Israel and especially in the city of Haifa. A Palestinian militant group linked to Al-Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the fires consuming Haifa. As the graphic below demonstrates, this has had far reaching consequences for tens of thousands and the fires continue to rage.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement calling the arsonists terrorists. ”
Every fire that was caused by arson, or incitement to arson, is terrorism by all accounts. And we will treat it as such. Whoever tries to burn parts of Israel will be punished for it severely.”
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan called that attack “arson terrorism.”
Reuters reports in the video below that a dozen have been arrested for starting these fires. These fires were started by those who are hostile to Israel.
Stand With Us posted chilling and dramatic video of Yaakov Lehman and his family fleeing a fire that had been set by arsonists. It’s rather terrifying to watch.
“At around 2am this evening, terrorists set fire to my small mountain village of Beit Meir. They lit multiple blazes, surrounding the only exit from our moshav with a gulf of flames.
As you can imagine, this made it exceedingly difficult for myself, my pregnant wife, and two kids to escape to safety. We, along with our neighbors, were trapped.
After about an hour of harrowing confusion, firefighters managed to clear a path for the 100 families of Beit Meir to flee the inferno. I watched as dozens of righteous firefighters and police faded into the smokey distance of my rear view mirror.
We fled to Beit Shemesh, and were warmly taken in at 330am by Rabbi Gerzi and his unceasingly kind family.
For what’s it’s worth, I got out my phone to document the deluge. Perhaps it will give you a glimpse (as it did for me the first time) of the first hand horrors wrought by terrorists seeking to harm innocent civilians.
It’s 438am now, my kids are back asleep, and my village is no doubt still in flames. My parents are on a plane, somewhere over the Atlantic, oblivious to the chaos that awaits their arrival in Israel. Houses are still ablaze and the forest is a sea of fire. I don’t know if I will have a house to return to. I just hope everyone managed to escape safely.
Pray for us.”
Netanyahu has already received aid from numerous countries including Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Turkey, and Russia.
He has also requested “Super Tanker” from the United States in order to combat the fires.
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