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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."
warn the government and the prime minister regarding the continuing
failure which lies on the doorstep of the Interior Ministry and the
minister who leads it,” said Lindenstrauss in his introductory letter to
the report. “It is necessary to immediately stop the foot-dragging
regarding the fire services, and the handing-off of responsibility from
one minister to another."
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."
Lindenstrauss: 'Fire readiness falls on Yishai's shoulders'
State Comptroller Report on fire services: ‘Very severe'
The comments came after State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss released a scathing report on Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services.
the report, which compiled information from 2007-2009, the State
Comptroller noted that Yishai had warned the
government regarding the dire state of the fire and rescue services, but
did not say that it absolved Yishai – or his predecessor, MK Meir
Sheetrit (Kadima) – from responsibility. Yishai,
Lindenstrauss confirmed, had in fact warned Prime Minsiter Binaymin
Netanyahu about the state of the fire services. As early as September
2009, Yishai warned Netanyahu of the state of the fire services, asking
him for assistance, but the subject was only officially discussed in
December of that year.