Netanyahu Alleges Fire Sweeping Country is Man-Made, Responsible Will Be Punished

Israeli authorities claimed fire was started by 'political arson' against the Israeli state. (Photo: Video grab)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting in Haifa last night that included the Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, the General Observer of the Israeli Police Roni Alsheikh and high-ranking officers and fire-fighting forces to evaluate the current efforts exerted to stop fire sweeping the country.

The evaluation meeting turned into an accusation saga, with Netanyahu citing a man-made act behind the expanding fire, as the Israeli police claimed that Arabs in Israel are involved in some of the continuing fire.

Israel’s Minister of Internal Security said, “Israel is facing a new form of terrorism.”

Netanyahu promised to punish those responsible for starting the fire, noting, “We are facing a new form of terrorism which is fire terrorism. We will deal with those who started the fire.” Responding to questions by the press he continued, “We will use the maximum punishment against those who started the fire.”

Netanyahu thanked all countries that sent equipment and teams to stop the fire. He revealed that Turkey, Cyprus, Russia, Greece, Italy, and Croatia sent 12 fire fighting planes to help stop the fire. The US super tanker plane will arrive in Israel on Friday, Netanyahu said.

The Middle East is experiencing a climate change that impacted the weather and caused wildfires across several countries, including Israel and the occupied West Bank.


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