Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that there were signs that some of the wildfires sweeping across Israel were deliberate acts of arson as he called for foreign assistance to help douse the flames.
“There is also some evidence of arson,” Netanyahu said as he visited the Fire and Rescue Service coastal district forward command center, where he was briefed on ongoing efforts to quell the blazes by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and police chief Roni Alsheich.
“Our first goal is saving lives and I ask residents to do exactly what the authorities ask of them. Our second goal is putting out the fires,” Netanyahu told reporters. He gave no further details on the alleged arson.
A Jerusalem fire inspector told Army Radio that two fires in the area of the capital were likely caused by negligence and were not set deliberately. However, he said, fires in …