The public should decide the fates of Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz over their roles in the Carmel Fire disaster, the High Court of Justice hinted on Wednesday in response to a petition to fire the ministers.

The court repeatedly noted that former State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss had said that the question of Yishai's and Steinitz's responsibility was a public issue.

"Does the court need to do more than what the Comptroller [called for]?" the court asked the petitioners.

The Court also emphasized that Lindenstauss had consciously assigned "special responsibility" to the two ministers, but not "personal responsibility," which he had assigned to others involved. 

No decision was given and it was not clear if and when the court would render a decision, particularly with upcoming elections essentially resetting all ministerial appointments.

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