Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Israeli Report Criticizes Netanyahu, Military Leadership Over 2014 Gaza War

CNN: Israeli report criticizes Netanyahu, military leadership over 2014 Gaza war

Jerusalem (CNN)Israel's politicians took aim at one another Tuesday following the release of a state report which criticizes the country's preparation and handling of the 2014 Gaza war.

The report, prepared by the State Comptroller, offered a strong indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, claiming it had no strategic goals when the 50-day war started in early July 2014.

The strategic goals should have come first "as required in a proper decision making process," said the report. But it found that that those goals were only set after the Israeli military had put forward its operational plans.

According to the findings, decisions during the war were made by Netanyahu, then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and then-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, while critical information was withheld from the Security Cabinet.

"Ministers were not presented with significant and necessary information for decision making," the report said.

The report also found that the country was not adequately prepared for the threat from Hamas-built tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel.

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