Defense Minister Benny Gantz took to Twitter to make a statement about the tragedy at Meron: “At this difficult hour, words cannot possibly offer comfort and cannot possibly describe the magnitude of pain caused by the terrible tragedy at Har Meiron. From the bottom of my heart, I share my deepest sympathies with the families who have lost loved ones and pray for the recovery of the injured.
All night long, our security forces, Homefront Command rescue teams, the IDF Northern Command, and the Israeli Air Force have worked alongside the police force and field personnel to save human lives. This is a difficult hour and our hearts are with the families. We are wholly committed to investigating the failures, drawing the necessary conclusions and applying them going forward so that this type of tragedy never repeats itself.”