Speaking in the Knesset during a tribute for the victims of the Har Meron tragedy in which 45 people lost their lives, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the drama highlights the dangers of “ultra-Orthodox autonomy within Israeli society.”
“It is our duty to turn this national tragedy into change,” said Gantz.
“The State of Israel cannot afford to break up into autonomies in which people do what they want. There is a law for everyone and everyone has the right to practice their faith and traditions under the auspices of the state,” he added.
“Therefore, for now, we don’t need criticism, but rather draw conclusions. No self-flogging, but a national embrace while looking to the future.”
Meanwhile, Interior Minister and Shas Party leader Aryeh Deri said the government should have full control of Har Meron.
“I remained silent for several days until the end of the levayos. This terrible tragedy does not exempt us from a thorough examination and investigation to ensure that no further disasters like this recur,” he said. “It is time to tackle the root [of the problem], take responsibility for it, provide significant funding and build infrastructure on the site, as is necessary for a holy place.”