Livni slams PM's handling of fires as 'media act'

Opposition leader says Netanyahu's management was more about maintaining gov't's public relations than addressing issues; PM asks inter-ministerial team to discuss comptroller's findings next week.

December 8, 2010 20:28
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Kadima head Tzipi Livni.

Livni 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Wednesday evening slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the disastrous official response to the Carmel fires during a speech she delivered at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

"Since the fire first broke out we have allowed the prime minister [full reign] to act," said Livni.

She continued, "I have no doubt that the prime minister wanted to deal with disaster and to do the utmost to stop the fire. But then, we saw the management of events becoming [an exercise in] public relations and to a media performance."

Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu expressed appreciation the in-depth report on the Fire and Rescue Service by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and said the he will adopt its conclusions and will implement them as quickly as possible.

Netanyahu instructed the interministerial team chaired by the PMO Director-General Eyal Gabai to discuss the report's recommendations next week, with the intent to implement them.

In addition, the prime minister instructed his military secretary, Maj.-Gen. Yohanan Loaker to present in the coming days a proposal to establish an aerial firefighting force to deal with large-scale wildfires.

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