I happened to be in Haifa yesterday during the disastrous fires that are continuing to tear apart the Carmel Forest region. While of course I cannot pretend to know what was truly going on at the actual scene, I witnessed how long-time residents of Haifa were struggling to deal with the tragedy, and then on my bus back to Jerusalem, I saw the blaze myself for at least a 30-minute stretch along the coast line.
Here is the piece I wrote for The Jerusalem Post, typed and submitted via iPhone, on the bus at the request of the editors. I think I was a bit heavy on the adjectives, but I tried to get a feel of the scene around me.
I just hope that with the help of all these international forces, the flames destroying Israel’s favorite forest will stop soon.