The devastating wildfires in Haifa appear to have died down, and now one can see the level of damage caused to the city:
However other fires were still smouldering when Shabbat began, and over Shabbat more destructive fires broke out or were deliberately set, particularly in the towns of Bet Meir and Neveh Tzuf-Halamish.
Firefighters tackle the ferocious blaze at Nataf in the Jerusalem Hills
According to security forces, after the initial fires, arsonists “jumped on the bandwagon“:
Amid signs that the wave of wildfires that have blight Israel since Tuesday was being brought under control, Israeli security officials on Saturday night gave preliminary indications that weather was the prime cause of the initial blazes but that arsonists jumped on the bandwagon increasingly from Wednesday and into the weekend.
Israeli security forces have arrested…