Criminal investigation won’t be opened into Carmel fire


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general will not open a criminal investigation into the Carmel fire.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided Monday that there is not enough evidence to merit opening an investigation into the actions of several government ministers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Eli Yishai. The family of a prison guard killed in the blaze had called for such an investigation.

The state comptroller, who has been charged with investigating last month’s blaze, will pass on any criminal findings to the attorney general.

Meanwhile, some 50,000 Israelis visited the site of the fire over the weekend, after it opened for the first time since the disaster, which took the lives of 44 people and destroyed 12,000 acres of land and 5 million trees.

Family members of those who died in the fire were among those who visited the site, Ynet reported.

Recommended from JTA