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The government came under increased pressure to take responsibility for the
Carmel fire disaster on Monday after the father and fatherin- law of Topaz
Even-Hen Klein, one of the Prisons Service cadets who died in last week’s blaze,
wrote to Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein, asking him to order police to
investigate senior officials for allegedly causing the cadets’ deaths by
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The letter, signed by former police commanders Ze’ev Even-Hen
and Haim Klein, said police should investigate Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, and
Defense Minister Ehud Barak for the 43 deaths.
“If the law does not find
those who are responsible, we will find ourselves facing more negligent
decisions which will cause a massive loss of human life,” the letter
The two cited the recent State Comptroller’s Report on the
readiness of the Fire and Rescue Service, which slammed the government for
failing to learn “most of the lessons from the Second Lebanon War,” and that
“the deficiencies were not corrected, and once again, a lack of coordination
between ruling authorities can be seen. The ‘foot-dragging’ of those in power
over the issue and the ongoing debate over the [state’s] failures amplified the
The letter continued, “As a result of the fire which took
place in the Carmel, the lives of 43 people ended prematurely.
of the victims was not fate, but was caused following grave negligence by the
prime minister, interior minister, finance minister and defense minister. There
is a causal relationship between management failures and the deaths of the 43
killed in the fire disaster.”
The letter added that failures by the prime
minister and ministers found expression in the lack of resources made available
by the government for the Fire and Rescue Service and the inability to impose
structural reform on the organization.
“Experts have warned about these
issues for years, especially after the previous fires on the Carmel, that the
Fire Service did not have ample resources to tackle huge fires, and that a
disaster could result,” the letter said.
“We therefore have sufficient
evidence to launch an investigation against the prime minister, interior
minister, finance minister and defense minister into causing death by
negligence,” it concluded.