PM Netanyahu expressed the Cabinet’s condolences on the passing of firefighter Danny Hayat, who was injured during his attempt to extinguish the flames that engulfed the Prison Service bus during the Carmel Mountain wildfire two weeks ago

 Cabinet communique


Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 19 December 2010):
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"To our deep sorrow, firefighter Danny Hayat passed away last night after fighting for his life for two weeks.  Danny courageously fought the fire in an heroic attempt to save the Prison Service bus.  My wife and I visited him in hospital.  We met his wife Hofit, who is due to give birth.  We met his parents, Motti and Batsheva, and we discovered a strong, united and brave family.  Despite all the prayers and the efforts, Danny passed away.  Our hearts – the Government’s and the nation’s – are with the Hayat family.
Firefighters selflessly fought the Carmel wildfire in order to take control of the flames and to try and rescue the Prison Service bus, which was caught in the heart of the inferno.  In light of the special circumstances regarding the bus and of the firefighters’ heroism, today, I am submitting for Cabinet approval, a proposal; to give to the firefighters’ families rights similar to those given to the families of fallen IDF soldiers.  These rights will be given to firefighters Uri Semandayev, bus driver David Navon, Danny Hayat and remarkable 16-year-old volunteer Elad Riven, who dropped everything and went to save others.
The nation bows its head in deepest appreciation."
2. The Cabinet decided to award financial rights to the families of those who were injured in the disaster regarding the Prison Service bus that was caught in the Carmel wildfire.  Click here for further details.
3. The Cabinet decided to approve the recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee on the allocation of IDF soldiers to bodies and units outside the IDF and to approve draft legislation regarding the placing of IDF veterans with the Israel Police.
4. The Cabinet decided to increase the supply of apartments in the real estate market by adjusting taxation on apartments for investment purposes.
5. The Cabinet approved a decision regarding student support payments and encouraging full-time, ultra-orthodox yeshiva students to integrate into the labor market.
The Government views the integration of the ultra-orthodox sector into the labor market as a main goal and a tool in breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence on support payments, the proportions of which are especially high in this sector, in promoting an equal allocation of the economic burden, and in aiding the integration of the ultra-orthodox sector into Israeli society as a whole.  This is alongside the recognition of the unique characteristics of the ultra-orthodox sector and support in the continued existence of the world of religious study, and support for other student population groups at institutions for higher education.
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