We had a little bit of rain today which is so very needed and nice!
But something that wasn't needed or nice for Mr. Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, was that the headlines to almost all the papers and daily magazines were showing him in an “I don't know what to do” situation…
Mr. Netanyahu attended an official State ceremony marking the deaths of the 44 people killed in the big wildfire near Haifa a month ago. After the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Perez spoke without incident, the bereaved families turned the occasion into a show of anger against Israel's Prime Minister and Interior Minister.
Many people involved blame the two leaders because of documentation that has been uncovered displaying that their two offices cut budgets, limited training, and prohibited the purchase of advanced fire fighting equipment for the State's firefighting force.
They shouted. “Be ashamed of yourselves, resign”, “Liars”, “You killed our children”, Where is a commission of inquiry?”. It became so enraged that the Interior Minister, Mr. Eli Yishai was forced to leave the hall and only then did ceremony continue. Mr. Netanyahu stood there looking perplexed, surrounded by bodyguards, as the crowd heckled him.
The Prime Minister stated that he understood their pain, but this was a really embarrassing incident at an official memorial ceremony – even to the point that Mr. Netanyahu was booed.
But then there was more insult afterwards, with Members of the Knesset for Mr. Yishai's Shas Party (the religious Ultra Orthodox political entity) explaining that the Carmel disaster was the fault of the Haifa Police Chief (who was one of those who lost their life) as to the deaths of so many. This because she authorized the route of escape upon which many lost their lives.
The country's police chief came out stating that the Shas members were being cynical – defending the actions of the deceased – and a Shas spokesman latter rebutted the claim of his party's members.
But the damage has been done – and a real country-wide wound reopened that will not heal quickly for Mr. Netanyahu. Lucky for him he has the weekend to let it (he hopes) slip away.
You folks enjoy your weekend and I will see you live on the Harvest Show Monday.
Middle East Correspondent