Knesset holds memorial for Meron victims

The Knesset plenum is holding a memorial for the 45 victims of the Meron disaster.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the special session.

“We all mourn the terrible blow,” says Netanyahu.

The prime minister says he was moved by his hospital visit to the injured from the crush. He says Israelis, Jews and Arabs alike, have shown “mutual responsibility and a huge heart” in their response to the tragedy.

“The families are not alone and this is the most important thing,” he says, vowing the government will help them.

Netanyahu says the incident will be investigated from every angle, without specifying whether he means a state commission of inquiry.

The session begins with a moment of silence for the casualties of Israel’s deadliest peacetime disaster.

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