Former IDF chief-of-general-staff Dan Halutz has been in politics for under a month, but that did not deter him Saturday from calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government ministers in the wake of the Carmel fire. The newest Kadima member, speaking on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press”, discussed his own infamous resignation in the wake of the Second Lebanon War, emphasizing that “resignation is noble.”
“I am not an advisor on matters of resignation,” qualified Halutz, but then went on to say that “responsibility is not guilt, and carrying out that responsibility is not an admission of guilt. Responsibility is something built-in and it means that I am responsible for missions, even when they are not carried out well.”
In this case, said Halutz, “the person who ultimately bears responsibility is the prime minister, who bears general responsibility. The second responsible minister is the finance minister, and the third is the interior minister, who is responsible for the fire fighters. There are others who bear ministerial responsibility, which is the general responsibility for the functioning of the system. Ministerial responsibility should also be expressed through resignation.”
“If there was a failure, someone has to go home,” he summarized.