(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday called for all
emergency services, including the beleaguered Fire and Rescue Service, to be
centralized and operate under the auspices of his ministry.
“The time has
come to gather all emergency services under one roof – the Public Security
Ministry,” Aharonovitch said during a speech to a conference in
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The minister added that there was no need for a special
committee of investigation into the Carmel fires. “We should simply apply the
conclusions that are already on our desks,” he said, referring to the report
released on Wednesday by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss on the nation’s
“Examination is critical... but a committee
of investigation is not the way,” Aharonovitch said.
The Carmel fire
disaster “shows us the real picture of what we can expect in future events, like
an earthquake, a hazardous chemicals incident, a mega-terrorist attack, or war,”
“The world is forming into two camps, those seeking destruction
and those seeking peace. The weapons of mass destruction that could reach the
hands of lunatics, overcrowding and even the global climate... are just some of
the reasons why any state can find itself in a national disaster, disasters that
would unfortunately be considered a success if they end ‘with only dozens of
casualties,’” Aharonovitch said.