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Knesset Members Call on Government To Pay For Homes Destroyed in Blazes

The Times of Israel reports: Knesset members from across the political spectrum are calling for the government to cover all financial losses suffered by Israeli citizens from a rash of wildfires that spread across the country over the past week, regardless of whether the blazes were a result of intentional arson or not.

Speaking at an emergency Knesset Finance Committee session on state compensation to those who have lost their houses, Finance Ministry Director General Shai Ba’avad said the treasury would only reimburse cases in fires determined to be the result of ‘nationalistically’ motivated arson, and not those caused by negligence.

One-third of the fires that raged across the country were suspected to have been set deliberately. In a Sunday statement, police said that they suspect between 30-40 of the 90 fires they have investigated thus far were started by arsonists

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