Nobody likes the religious parties anyway, the public want heads to roll for this disaster so let the head of a religious party take the fall. This disaster happened as a result of decades of neglect of the fire service because no government wants to spend money on the fire service, there have been forest fires in the past but even if their equipment is inferior the manage so leave them be we want to spend the money in areas that need it here and now like the military or the schools because nobody appreciates the emergency services until there is a problem. In the US the reason Katrina did so much damage because successive politicians had neglected to spend money on the dams & levys. Why invest in something that nobody notices or even cares about until there is a problem when you want to fund other more politically popular projects. Israel has never experienced anything like this before and we were just not ready. If there is a single individual that we can blame for this is former chief of staff who was behind the Lebanon failure of 2006 Dan Halutz. In 2000 as head of the air force he retired the fire helicopters the air force operated and the job of the fire helicopters was replaced with small agricultural planes owned by private individuals rather than the air force.... its cheaper to do things that way than to maintain old helicopters or replacing them with new ones... just offload the problem onto the private sector as a result we just didn't have the hardware. Unfortunately for the government Dan Halutz is now a member of Kadima and Kadima is not part of the coalition so they can't pin the blame on him they need somebody who they can blame here and now not a member of the opposition who created this problem 10 years ago. In the public eye that would look like the government trying to shirk responsibility. The facts don't matter just finding somebody to blame it on.
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