The state commission of inquiry into the Meron disaster has released and summited its interim report to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the deadly incident last Lag BaOmer that left 45 people dead, z”l.
The Meron Commission released their report wherein they list some recommendations for the site, including appointing a minister to oversee preparations for Lag BaOmer in Meron; capping the crowd at 20,000; improving the infrastructure at the site; expanding the site to reduce crowding, and redistributing the crowds to different areas.
Acting on the report, Bennett said the government will study the report closely to ensure such an incident never happens again.
With the huge number of casualties, the disaster is considered the worst peacetime disaster in Israel.
“Negligence, failed management, unprofessional appointments cost lives,” Bennett said.
“We will study the report and work to hold the [Lag BaOmer festivities in Meron] safely this year,” Bennett added.
It was learned that the report was also submitted to the Religious Affairs Ministry and Public Security Ministry.
Meanwhile, in response to the report, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni said the report missed a crucial point the budgeting of the site and the ways to access it.
“I have said this all these years and I repeat it again, it is not possible to reach a solution in such a place without the state getting involved and investing in the access roads and in the site itself. It could very well be that if they had invested as they had invested elsewhere, this terrible catastrophe would have been spared,” Gafni said.