If they want a scapegoat then blame Dan Halutz - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 08.12.10 | 13:36 (IST)

    Yishai is leading a religious party and everybody hates the religious party so who will be condemning any decisions to force his resignation. The fact is nobody was directly responsible it was a simple result of successive governments neglecting the fire service. Neglecting emergency services when it comes to the budget is natural because until there is an emergency they are not considered a priority. If the army say they need money to buy Iron Dome or F35 fighters thats to defend the country so they get their money, if schools want new equipment then they get money because no politician wants to tell a parent their childs education is neglected so the fire service can have a new plane for if a forest fire they cant control breaks out. If the government is looking for an individual to hold responsible it should be Dan Halutz who in 2000 ordered the retirement of Israel's fire fighting helicopters and had them replaces by small planes owned by private individuals rather than the IAF so they were not on standby the way it would be if it was owned by the IAF. of course Dan Halutz is in Kadima so we can't punish him so the government needs to find a scapegoat who is part of this government and Eli Yishai makes a good target and will be popular amongst the general public. Instead of looking to blame individuals for mistakes made by successive governments over a matter of decades instead we should be saying we have learned from these mistakes and now we are going to get the check book out and start spending money to make sure we are not caught off guard again because finger pointing & resignations achieves nothing positive.

    from the article: Comptroller report to find firefighting services close to collapse
    First published 10:24 08.12.10 | Last updated 10:24 08.12.10
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