Yad Labanim writes to PM opposing honoring Carmel firemen

The Yad Labanim organization, which honors Israel's fallen soldiers, is against honoring the three firefighters who died during the Carmel fire as soldiers who fell during battle at an upcoming Memorial Day ceremony, the organizations head wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday.
The government was scheduled to vote on the issue on Sunday.
Eli Ben Shem wrote in the letter that honoring the firefighters as soldiers fallen in battle would be "wrong not only from a legal and moral standpoint, but would also lead to requests from many other groups in service of the state, including disabled veterans who died because of their handicaps and terror victims."
Ben Shem argued that this would cause a situation where those who died defending the country would not receive the unique honor they deserve.