During the last week of November, Israel was hit by an unprecedented wave of wildfires. Entire streets were blocked, numerous houses went up in flames, thousands of people were evacuated, many were injured and left homeless and numerous natural areas were ravaged.
While the reasons for the current wave of fires are still under investigation, an analysis of data from previous wildfires shows that most result from human carelessness and neglect -- and are especially destructive when they occur during times of extreme weather, the huge Mt. Carmel fire of 2010 being a prime and tragic example.
At the Council for a Beautiful Israel, we believe that value-based education, stressing personal responsibility, is the best way to prevent fires and other man-made disasters.