“There is no settling of political accounts”: A father who befriended his son in the Miron disaster refers to Likud’s claims

The investigative committee for the investigation of the Miron disaster yesterday sent the warning letters to the people who were found as part of its investigation to be responsible for the failures of the greatest civil disaster since the establishment of the state – the Miron disaster. 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. Avigdor Hayut, who miraculously survived the disaster but lost his son Yedidia and his student Moshe Levy, was a guest This morning (Wednesday) on the program of Anat Davidov and Tal Shalov on 103FMand addressed the issue and the response of the Likud party which claimed that it was a committee whose very appointment was political.

Netanyahu, Ohana and Shabtai in the crosshairs: the commission of inquiry into the Miron disaster sent warning letters
Likud attacks in response to the warning letters about the Miron disaster: “political timing”

“We were still in ‘Seven’, a few days after the disaster, we demanded that an investigative committee be established, even though there were many people who did not want it to be established,” Hayut said. “The disaster happened, it was forbidden for it to happen, but it is even more forbidden for it to happen again. That is why the committee must stand up from every possible parameter – it is our duty to make sure that things like this do not change in any way along the way. There is no such thing as liquidation of political accounts, there is a home inspection that needs to be done here And they do it. If that’s the case, we won’t be able to establish any investigative committee, because there will always be someone who will make claims.”

Later Hayut was asked if he had any criticism of the leadership. To this he replied: “There are two points here. There is a point from a religious point of view, that we believe that everything is from the Sovereign of the universe. On the other hand, there is the Torah commandment. When we demanded the committee, they told us, ‘If this is what you think and want, that is what will be established and will be.'” Everyone understands the line. The bottom line is that something very serious happened here, it is true that it happened, but it must not happen again. Therefore, if we do not stand up and come to our senses immediately, there will be no other choice, an investigative committee must be formed and I am happy to see that it is working, that it still exists.”

“I trust the committee, the honorable judge, they know very well what they are doing,” Hayut continued. “We saw that they investigated, checked and everything. I have never been a legal, political person, nor do I want to be. I trust the committee to do its job. To whom did it send or not, I don’t know.”

According to him, “As soon as I see that the issue is still on the table, it is something that has a certain joy in it. Our country is very dynamic, many events happen and naturally things are swept under the carpet. The very fact that the committee stands up, acts and submits its conclusions, sends warning letters, etc. , shows that the issue is on the table.”

The Miron disaster (Photo: Yishai Yerushalmi, Haderi Haredim)

In response to the question of whether the commissioner should resign, Hayut replied: “I’ll tell the truth, even the fact that the commander of the northern district went home didn’t make me happy. Levi is a very respected person, he contributed a lot to Israel, when he got up and went home, were the procedures sharpened as a result? we did not saw. So if we settle for 18 people to put down their keys and go home, and the world goes on as usual, we haven’t done anything. I’m not looking for beheadings, I’m looking for no one to be in the place and situation I’m in.”

We were then asked if the Bennet-Lapid government had not been formed, would there have been a committee? To this he replied: “I think so because it is a huge public matter. There was an unequivocal demand from the families, something that cannot be ignored, that the committee be formed. I am glad that it was formed.” He also added: “I’m not a political person, I’m just happy that it came up. I can only wish for them that the Holy One, blessed be He, will help them reach the right conclusions and that we will never hear about such disasters.”

Finally, he was asked if he expects the commissioner and other people to take responsibility. “If it means putting down the keys and going home, it doesn’t do anything for me. If as a result of this we cause a complete system change, change the rules, understand that something happened here and not to butt heads but to change then excellent. If this is the way, this is what needs to be done, if it’s just to quiet the conscience, then it’s a shame.”

Assisted in the preparation of the article: Shani Romano, 103fm


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