Former police chief Assaf Hefetz has told Channel 12 he does not believe police are to blame for the deaths at Meron.
“Police trained for such an event. [The force] did what it knows to do, and did it well,” he says.
“The failure is governmental, in the political structure… this entire system creates pressures that cannot be withstood.”
He also calls for a halt to festivities at Meron for 4-5 years until decisions are made as to how it can be conducted safely.