by Sally Zahav
Israel often experiences periods of dry, easterly winds. Usually, it is unpleasant but not dangerous, and lasts only two or three days. Especially in the Fall or Spring, these periods are usually followed by a short rainy period.
Israel is apparently under attack. Many fires are burning; many neighborhoods have been evacuated throughout northern and central Israel.
Lately, Israel has been experiencing an unusually long period of very strong, easterly winds, just at the time when the rains should be starting, after six months or more of no rainfall. The vegetation is very dry and vulnerable. A stray spark can easily set in motion a disastrous sequence of events, such as occurred with the Carmel fire of 2010, when 44 people were killed.
Israel seems to be under attack. Many fires are burning, many neighborhoods have been evacuated throughout northern and central Israel. Thus far, there have been many light injuries, but no fatalities. Many homes have been destroyed. Israel has requested nearby allies (Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and Turkey, among others) to send firefighting planes to assist in the effort to extinguish the fires.
Click here to see several articles on the Arutz Sheva news site detailing the situation of fires in several different locations as of the time of this writing.
It is sad, but important to note that the vast majority of areas that are experiencing or have experienced fires over the past three days have been Jewish areas - almost without exception. Arson is suspected at least in some of the most serious cases, investigations are being carried out and some arrests have already been made. As Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, arson, or incitement to arson, is nothing but terror.
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