Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday, while tip-toeing around the question of whether he would establish an inquiry into the Carmel forest blaze, that now that the fire has been doused, it was time not to play the blame game, but rather to repair damages.
Netanyahu said that his government budgeted an additional 100 million shekels for the country's firefighting services last year, before the blaze, and that deficiencies in the fire services is something that goes back many years.
The prime minister said that the goal now is to get people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the fire back to normal life as soon as possible.
After the press conference, commenting on Israel-Turkey relations following Ankara's dispatch of two planes earlier this week to help put out the fire, Netanyahu said he had nothing to say about the relationship with Turkey at this time. He said he had expressed his appreciation to the Turks for their help as well as his hope that the relationship would improve.