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Fires now under control, says Public Security Minister

AJN.-Developing: 80,000 evacuated around Haifa; Shin Bet and Police investigating background, Police Chief says not all fires caused by arson.




Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday evening said that the general situation throughout the country regarding multiple fires is «under control.»

Erdan thanked the security services for all there efforts and said that the combination of firefighters, Homefront Command and police met the challenge facing the nation.

Multiple fires have wrecked havoc across Israel over the last three days, forcing tens of thousands of citizens to flee their homes, with dozens of reported injuries.

Erdan said he hoped that over the course of the night that the winds would not strengthen and fuel the flames.

Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the country during a live broadcast, saying that any of the fires sweeping across Israel that were lit by arsonists should be considered as acts of terrorism, and will be dealt with accordingly.

Netanyahu’s comments came at a press conference in Haifa, where tens of thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes because of the spreading flames. 80,000 residents have now been told to evacuate.

“I want to say as clearly as possible, any fire caused by arson, or by incitement to arson, is terrorism, and we will deal with it accordingly. That is my directives to the security services – we will deal with all acts of lawlessness,” he said. “Anyone who tries or will try to burn parts of Israel will be punished with all severity.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who joined Netanyahu for a briefing on the situation along with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant, said it is clear that a large part of the fires were the result of arson. He said that a number of suspects have been arrested, and that teams have been set up to investigate each of the fires.

Netanyahu said there were currently 15 fires. Police have reported over 200 since Tuesday.

Erdan pledged that the investigations will be thorough and punishment meted out in order to create deterrence, not only to those lighting the fires, but also to those on social media inciting others to do so.

Netanyahu said that he has issued directives to bring to Israel the world’s largest firefighting aircraft, the Supertanker, from the US. He said it will only be used in extreme situations, but that it was better to have more capabilities than necessary, rather than not enough.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.




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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.




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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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