Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lashed out against the ongoing investigation into his government's response to the Carmel fire at the State Comptroller's Knesset hearing on the issue Tuesday.
There are fires all over the world, he said, and no investigative committees. Critiques, he continued, would not bring back the men and women who lost their lives, Israel Radio reported.
The response was not effective because the state did not have firefighting aircraft at its disposal at the time, he said, calling it the "fundamental" problem.
"There is no way of dealing with massive fires without planes," Army Radio quoted him as saying. "This fundamental insight was lacking in the firefighting establishment. I was also not aware of it."