Speaking at the Knesset memorial for the Meron victims, Defense Minister Benny Gantz suggests the tragedy underlines the dangers of ultra-Orthodox “autonomy” within Israeli society.
“It it our obligation to transform this national tragedy into change,” says Gantz. “The State of Israel cannot allow itself to break into autonomies in which people do whatever they please.”
He adds that in Israel, “there is one law for all and everyone has the right to practice their faith and traditions under the auspices of the state.”
“Therefore, at this time, we don’t need criticism, but rather to draw conclusions. Not self-flagellation, but a national and personal embrace while looking ahead.”