'Excessive Praise' for Netanyahu at Fire Memorial
Israel's pugilistic press corps and opposition politicians are taking aim at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what they say was excessive praise for Netanyahu at the memorial ceremony for victims of the Carmel fire Monday.
The praise was delivered by emcee Dan Kaner, and press reports say the text had been approved by Netanyahu's bureau, which also added the sentences glorifying the Prime Minister.
Some relatives were quoted as saying the excessive praise for Netanyahu at the solemn ceremony caused them unease.
Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) attacked the opposition and the press for what he said was excessive coverage given to the subject. He said that Kadima's Tzipi Livni, who was also among those blasting Netanyahu over the emcee's text, sat in a government that nixed the establishment of a firefighting squadron nine years ago.