State Comptroller Yosef Shapira intends to publish a scathing report about Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. The expected critique condemns the conduct of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, according to television news channels reporting Thursday.
A draft of the secret report was presented before cabinet members who served during the operation.
According to the news channels, the draft contains a claim that, among other things, Netanyahu and Ya’alon did not update the cabinet about Shin Bet warnings of possible military conflicts against Hamas in July 2014 and that Netanyahu’s government never discussed the tunnel threat until Operation Protective Edge itself. Gantz is expected to be criticised for the military evaluations which he submitted to the cabinet.
During recent weeks Netanyahu has undertaken great efforts to soften the harsh charges leveled in the report. Among other things, Netanyahu met with Shapira and with people from his office in an effort to explain the damage which can be caused by the report if it is published in its current version.
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