Feirberg quits as head of fire task force

Netanya mayor says she was impressed by PMO chief's handling of rehabilitation process and does not see need for "intervention."

December 9, 2010 02:52
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A FIREFIGHTER at Yemin Orde youth village

Firefighter Israel Flag 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg on Wednesday morning announced her resignation as head of the task force on the rehabilitation of the Carmel area after the recent four-day blaze.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Feirberg wrote: “During the tour of the communities damaged by the Carmel fire, I was impressed by PMO [Prime Minister’s Office] chief Eyal Gabay’s leading of the rehabilitation process with efficiency and with the full cooperation of all the directors-general of the various ministries and governmental bodies. Therefore I do not see the need for further intervention on my part in the current process.”

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Feirberg did not take part in the directors-general committee’s tour on Tuesday of the communities.

Local authority leaders in the affected areas said they wanted to deal with the relevant ministries directly and didn’t need an added level of bureaucracy.

Netanyahu had appointed Feirberg as head of the team on Monday.

During a press conference, Netanyahu announced that families whose homes were destroyed and cannot return home within the next month will receive initial compensation soon of NIS 2,500 per person to buy necessities, such as clothes and school books.

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