MK (Yahadut Hatorah) used the Knesset plenum forum to express his outrage over the Lag B’Omer transportation fiasco in which so many visitors to Meron were stranded, some for hours.
Eichler pointed out how women and children were among the many stranded, detailing the difficult situation on the unseasonably hot spring day. He reports that 500,000 Jews arrived in Meron and despite all efforts and the ability to plan for months in advance; the day’s events did not pass as it should have due to the breakdown in transportation services and severe shortage of parking lots.
Eichler pointed out that in past years the day passed without incident. Hundreds of thousands traveled to and from Kever Rashbi but this year, something went wrong. He cited that “tens of thousands of travelers waited in the heat for hours, some six hours, without water” and he wants those responsible to be held accountable.
Eichler called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to probe the day’s events towards determining where the responsibility lies to hold those responsible accountable and towards making certain the problems are corrected.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)