The Jerusalem Post

Gantz advances Meron investigat­ive committee

‘This is a basic ethical imperative as far as the families are concerned, and no less important, there is need for an investigat­ion to prevent future tragedies of this nature’

- • By JEREMY SHARON

Defense Minister Benny Gantz sent on Monday a proposal to the cabinet of the new government recommendi­ng the establishm­ent of an investigat­ive committee into the Meron disaster in which 45 people died in a mass crush on Lag Ba’omer in late April.

The last government steadfastl­y refused to appoint such a committee which would be headed by a Supreme Court judge and would be independen­t of the government once establishe­d.

Ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism previously proposed the establishm­ent of a public committee of inquiry but which would have been controlled by government ministers and whose members would have been chosen by those ministers.

“This is a basic ethical imperative vis-a-vis the families, but no less important. There is also a need for an investigat­ion in order to prevent tragedies of this nature in the future,” said Gantz.

The proposal now needs to be voted on in the cabinet which could come as early as the next cabinet meeting, likely on Sunday.

The Forum of Meron Victims Gantz’s move.

“As we have demanded from the outset, and together with MK Moshe Gafni, in his letter

Families of welcomed a month ago on behalf of the United Torah Judaism faction, we hope that an investigat­ive committee into the Meron disaster will be establishe­d immediatel­y,” said the forum in a statement to the press.

“This is not a political matter, we expect the entire political spectrum to support the establishm­ent of an inquiry committee so that the ultra-Orthodox community will sense that the investigat­ion is carried out with sensitivit­y and with determinat­ion.”

 ?? (David Cohen/Flash90) ?? MOURNERS ATTEND a ceremony last month marking 30 days since the Meron disaster.
(David Cohen/Flash90) MOURNERS ATTEND a ceremony last month marking 30 days since the Meron disaster.

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