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Police minister Ohana: I’m responsible, ‘but responsibility doesn’t mean blame’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Amir Ohana (R)  visit the site of an overnight fatal crush during a religious gathering at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (Ronen ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Amir Ohana (R) visit the site of an overnight fatal crush during a religious gathering at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (Ronen ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana says he takes responsibility for the stampede during Lag B’Omer celebrations at Mount Meron that left 45 dead, “but responsibility doesn’t mean blame.”

“The entire chain of command did its role. I’m ready to face any inquiry and respond to every question. I want to do so.

“This disaster happened this year, but it could have happened any other year,” he says, referring to past warnings about the risk of overcrowding at the site.

Ohana, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party, also vows to work with anyone, both in and out of police — “because this goes way beyond the police” — to “do everything so a disaster like this does not happen again in Israel.”

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