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Weeks before Meron tragedy, Shas minister praised Deri’s preparation for Lag B’Omer event

Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Avitan (Screen capture/YouTube)
Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Avitan (Screen capture/YouTube)

Roughly two weeks before the tragedy at Mount Meron, Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Avitan toured the site to monitor preparation for the mass gathering there to celebrate Lag B’Omer.

“I was impressed by the comprehensive and professional preparation that is being made for the celebration, both by the Center for Holy Places, by the police and by other parties,” Avitan said then in a statement.

“I thank Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for the efforts he has made in the face of various [complications] to enable the ascendence of many to Meron this year without any restrictions, and I hope that with God’s help everything will go well,” he adds.

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