Soon after two Arabs were arrested for arson, the government realized that it would be inconvenient to blame the largest disaster in Israeli history on our peace partners.
And so it was announced that the fire started with a water pipe (hookah, shisha, nargileh) which some tourists smoked in the forest.
It is impossible to determine a forest fire’s origin so quickly. If such a huge fire had been started by tourists, police should have found their remains, which is not the case. Starting a forest fire with nargile coal is not that easy, and tourists would have been able to put down such a fire immediately.