Earlier this week, the commission of inquiry into the Miron disaster sent warning letters to the people who were found as part of its investigation to be responsible for the failures of the largest civil disaster since the establishment of the state. Among the recipients of the messages: former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former ministers Amir Ohana and Yaakov Avitan, Police Commissioner Chief Superintendent Yaakov Shabtai and former North District Commander Superintendent Shimon Lavi.
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Gilad Katz, Netanyahu’s former advisor, spoke today (Thursday) with Sivan Cohen on 103FM and commented: “I am mainly concerned because I think that the members of the committee, at least according to the letter, their perception of the role of the Prime Minister is problematic to say the least. It reflects their position, their attitude and, in fact, their understanding of what the role of the prime minister is. They write that he did not act as expected of a prime minister to correct the deficiencies. Is the prime minister the chief security officer in the State of Israel? Is that his role? Everything they wrote is not Accurate and I really try to maintain the dignity of the members of the committee.”
“In terms of the chronology, it is not accurate. In 2011, five years before the date they stated, a first government decision was made that determined to establish a government company that would expropriate the powers of all entities that operated on the mountain and manage it under the Ministry of Tourism. What they noted was another government decision, the same decision government. This is exactly where the inaccuracy entered my eyes – right after the first government decision, all those bodies felt hurt and they turned to the court, to the High Court, and the High Court said that nothing would happen. Even if the entire Israeli government had stood up, was going to live on Mount Meron , she could not have changed the situation,” he added.
According to him, “In 2016, after they realized that nothing could be done because the High Court stopped the situation, there was another decision and then the Supreme Court ruled that they should reach an understanding with those bodies during the next three years. Of course it wasn’t, there were rejections. If this is the case, then what will the members of the committee say? After all, it would be unthinkable that someone would come and act contrary to the High Court’s decision, so now the members of the committee said, ‘There was a High Court decision and therefore we want the Prime Minister to come and correct the deficiencies regardless of the High Court’s decision.’
Referring to the question of whether there were political considerations in the incident, Katz said: “I am dirt at the feet of the families who lost their loved ones. I do not argue with them, everything they claim is sacred in my eyes. The actor against whom I make claims, and I do not blame them, I think that reality should be looked at as which is that if they wanted to make amends and take real responsibility, they would have to look at reality as it is.”
In conclusion, he said that “every politician works on two levels – the business level for the greater goal, the good of the State of Israel and its interests, and every politician also works for his personal interests. That’s fine. The same people who were close to him said that Netanyahu only cared about himself, I’m asking a simple question – If this is the approach, then why did he suddenly bring 4 peace agreements? How did the country receive the vaccines first? The Chiefs of Staff, each of these Chiefs of Staff is a politician in the present, past, future perhaps, each has his own personal motivation, the accounts that he wants to close by himself.”
“I am not moved by the fact that five politicians who were previously Chiefs of Staff say that the greatest danger of the State of Israel is the internal rift. Where were you 50 years ago? The name of the rupture was justified, because who made the rupture? Today, when Netanyahu and the Likud are likely to come to power, the rift is the most important thing that needs to be dealt with. Dear Chiefs of Staff, your job is to deal with Israel’s external enemy. This story of defining the role of a prime minister is critical not only because of Netanyahu in the past, but for every prime minister in the future – if we want a prime minister to be Israel’s chief safety officer, I tell you that unfortunately there will be more such disasters. They will not handle the macro, they will handle putting out the fire,” he concluded.
Assisted in the preparation of the article: Shani Romano 103fm
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