Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Eli Yishai (Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski)
In the wake of Israel's devastating Carmel fire, is it right that Eli Yishai, the Shas minister responsible for the Israel fire service's under-resourcing, should have resorted to the 'race card' in his defence? The Jerusalem Post reports:
Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Monday said that calls for his resignation were "a lynching," with members of his party saying he has become a target due to his Sephardi heritage, Israel Radio reported.
Yishai said that while the fires were burning in the Carmel he preferred not to respond to the criticism, however now that the fires have been extinguished he plans to react in the coming days.
Yishai told Israel Radio that during his time as interior minister, NIS 100 million were allocated to the fire system, but said it is not a large enough sum. He said that the fire services are unprepared, not for a normal situation and especially not for an emergency.
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Why Eli Yishai must not resign (with thanks: Eliyahu)