"What is happening at the moment [at the site] does not respect the place or human life," he said.

In the midst of preparing for a national day of mourning for the victims of the Mount Meron tragedy, Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau told Army radio that the management of the site must be determined.

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“The site needs to be handled differently. What is happening at the moment does not respect the place or human life. The state is obligated to take responsibility for it,” Lau said.

Frustration over who takes responsibility was already expressed on Saturday as several hundred protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence to demand an inquiry. Now Netanyau is being criticized for seeking extension for his mandate to form a government in the wake of the crisis.

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