The Northern District police are preparing for the Police Internal Investigations Department’s inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster.
The inquiry into the civilian disaster that left 45 dead and 150 injured will include the testimonies of officers and senior officers alike who will face questioning.
Northern District chief Shimon Lavi, who was the first official to assume responsibility for the disaster, referred in a video to the wave of support he and the police received from the public, following the announcement of an internal inquiry into the disaster.
"In these moments you learn about the value of friendship, the value of camaraderie and mutual responsibility,” Lavi said.
"The Israel Police is an amazing organization. It is one, large and united family. It is where you also learn about yourself, about what you are made of,” said Lavi, as he expressed his gratitude to the public for their support.
“I'm very proud of my cops, my commanders, and you. I want to thank you for everything and salute you,” he told officers.
The Department of Internal Police Investigations in the Justice Ministry on Monday laid the groundwork for their inquiry that will include summoning and questioning of senior officials. Lahav 433 National Fraud Investigations Unit will also take part in the investigation.
The news of an investigation of the police has garnered no small amount of criticism from the public, including from former commissioner Arieh Amit, who claimed a national commission of inquiry was needed and that the police was being made into politicians' scapegoat.
“The police has some responsibility, no doubt, but a lot of other people also have a lot of the responsibility, and guilt,” Amit wrote on his Twitter page.
Amit also lambasted Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, who he claims torpedoed the attempts to form an official Commission of Inquiry into the disaster.
“The commissioner and the district chief both announced during a staff meeting that they intend to demand a Commission of Inquiry into the disaster. [Ohana] then calls them out of the room one by one, and they return to the table to announce they won’t insist in their demand,” Amit wrote.
"The commissioner’s call for a commission of inquiry is justified. He surrendered because the police are submissive to political thugs," Amit said.