Gantz: Only a state commission ‘can lead to the truth’ of the Meron disaster

Defense Minister Benny Gantz comments on tomorrow’s scheduled cabinet vote to establish a state commission of inquiry into the deadly crush during this year’s Lag B’Omer celebrations at Mount Meron, in which 45 people were killed in the worst peacetime disaster in Israel’s history.

“No committee will bring back the 45 people killed, and we can’t ignore the physical and mental scars of the hundreds of those who were there. But we can prevent the next people from being killed, the next disaster, prevent the pain of many families,” Gantz writes on Twitter.

He also insists that only an official state commission “that is not dependent on any political element, can lead to the truth, and I personally, and all members of the government, are committed to that.”

Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene of the fatal crush during Lag B’Omer celebrations on Mt. Meron, in northern Israel on April 30, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

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