Israeli State Controller Matanyahu Englman announced this Monday the opening of a “special audit” for the onslaught on Mount Merón, which killed 45 people and injured more than 150 last week, as part of the Lag Baomer holiday.
At a press conference, Englman called to “investigate and see how he could have prevented the incident,” referring to two reports from his office last year that warned of risks to local pilgrims. According to the Israeli newspaper “Haaretz”, the investigation will also include “aspects of personal responsibility”.
Englman has elaborated that he has not spoken to politicians or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the incident and has promised to conduct an “impartial” investigation. It starts this Tuesday with a visit to Mount Merón. Your office can investigate and publish its results, but it cannot report people.
Israel commemorated the 45 deaths on Sunday with a day of national mourning. The tragedy is the worst to have occurred in peacetime in Israel as it exceeds the 44 deaths recorded after a fire on Mount Carmel in 2010. The casualty record includes a dozen children and adolescents and at least ten foreign nationals, including six Americans, British, two Canadians and Argentines.