The state commission of inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster submits its interim report to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the deadly crush in April that killed 45 people.
Bennett, in a statement, says the government will study the report closely to ensure such an incident never happens again. The tragedy, Israel’s worst peacetime disaster, “cannot be repeated,” says Bennett.
“Negligence, failed management, unprofessional appointments cost lives,” he says.
“We will study the report and work to hold the event [the Lag B’Omer festival Meron] safely this year,” adds the prime minister.
The report is also submitted to the Religious Affairs Ministry and Public Security Ministry.
The panel lays out a list of recommendations for the holy site, including appointing a minister to oversee preparations for Lag B’Omer at Meron; capping the crowd at 20,000; improving the infrastructure at the site; expanding the site to reduce crowding; and redistributing the crowds to different areas.