September 18, 2014
JERUSALEM (AP) - A new report by Israel's government watchdog
blames Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials
for mismanaging the worst fire in the country's history, a
devastating blaze that took 44 lives in 2010.
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss singled out Interior
Minister Eli Yishai and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz for blame
in managing the crisis, but said Netanyahu was responsible overall.
He described the 500-page report issued Wednesday as "very
painful" and accused the government of negligence and of
unpreparedness. But he stopped short of calling for the removal of
The fire, which erupted in the country's north, burned millions
of trees, consuming houses and a nature reserve as it spread to the
outskirts of Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, on the
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