Blistering Gaza war report scorches Netanyahu, Ya’alon and Gantz over tunnel failures


From left, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speak at a press conference at the Prime Minister Office following Operation Protective Edge on August 27, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
From left, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speak at a press conference at the Prime Minister Office following Operation Protective Edge on August 27, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Comptroller’s long-awaited findings about 2014 operation confirm army was unprepared for Hamas’s tunnels, prime minister failed to keep security cabinet in the loop

By Judah Ari Gross | The Times of Israel

Israel’s state comptroller took military and political leaders to task for their failure to prepare adequately for the threat of attack tunnels ahead of the 2014 war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in a pair of long-awaited, highly critical reports published on Tuesday.

The reports found significant gaps in the military’s intelligence in the lead-up to the war, as well as a lack of clearly defined operational plans for how to destroy the tunnels. Those failings may have led, the report said, to the unnecessary deaths of Israeli soldiers during the 50-day conflict.

But the Prime Minister’s Office bore the brunt of State Comptroller Yosef Shapira’s criticism, for its failure to sufficiently brief members of the security cabinet about the subterranean threat.

While the reports were only released to the public on Tuesday, most of the critiques they contain have been reported on widely for months, as versions of the scalding documents circulated among relevant politicians and defense officials — and were leaked by them — as early as May 2016.

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