Staying his ground on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai made it clear that he does not intend to resign his position, despite a letter from the Meron commission warning senior Israeli officials.
The letter from the commission that has been formed to investigate into the Meron tragedy reads- “After analyzing all of the information that was provided to us, we concluded that there are parties that may be harmed by the inquiry or its findings. Therefore, we have decided to send them warning letters. During the committee’s work, we uncovered many failures by the officials that worked on the issue for years.”
In response, Shabtai said, “This is a time of testing that obliges us, professionally and ethically, to continue police activity for the sake of the security of the state and the public. I will continue to lead the Israel Police in this complex period on the way to continuing to achieve the goals of the fight against crime and terrorism, the great mission that guides myself and the other police officers.”
Other warning recipients of the letter included: Binyamin Netanyahu, former ministers Amir Ohana and Rabbi Yaakov Avitan, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, outgoing northern district chief Deputy Commissioner Shimon Lavi, and police security department chief Assistant Commissioner Morris Hen.