Yishai: Firefighting failure persisted throughout gov'ts

December 8, 2010 15:58


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Interior Minister Eli Yishai, speaking at a press conference Wednesday, said in response to a report blaming him for the the country's poor management of firefighting services, that "the failure has persisted throughout all governments over the years."

Yishai said that he warned the government in years past that fires could become a natural disaster, and that "I can express my opinion, but I'm not the one who decides."

The interior minister also praised firefighting services for their efforts to extinguish the Carmel fires that broke out last week, and requested that the budget of the firefighting services be increased to NIS 672 million.

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