El Yishai is being used as a scapegoat. He leads a religious party and everybody hates the religious parties so he makes a good target. There is nobody in this government that can be blamed the state of the fire service is a result of decades of neglect. The emergency services are traditionally overlooked when it comes to setting the annual budget because until there is an incident that takes everybody by surprise governments spend the money on short term needs. If the army want Iron Dome or Arrow then you find the money to pay for it because the army needs equipment to defend the country. If the schools need new equipment do you want to be the politician to say we are going to give money to the fire service rather than the already underfunded school your child goes to? If there is one individual who we can say has had a major role to play in Israel's failure to be able to do anything about the fire is because the few small fire planes we did have Dan Halutz pressured Sharon to sell to the private sector so the army no longer controlled these things and so they were not ready for use within a moments notice because they were privately owned.. Right now we need to just say this was an accident nobody was directly responsible and instead of looking for scapegoats investigate what equipment we need to buy and then buy it. We also need to start buying equipment as soon as possible because terrorists have taken a great interest in this fire and starting fires may become the new terrorist weapon of choice could be forest firss - they take along time to put our, they do alot of damage, they can cause millions of dollars in damage and its virtually impossible to stop somebody doing it because all they need is a box of matches and go into some woodland legally, start a fire and then walk away... the terrorist doesn't even need to die. A suicide bomber wanting to blow up a bus security guards have a chance at stopping it and the other than the victims the only physical thing we loose is a bus. So we need to start buying fire fighting hardware quick because we can't rely on international help whenever a terrorist starts a fire so just stop looking for somebody to blame and get on with fixing the problem.
from the article: Who's to blame for the dire state of the fire services?