Former Israeli Defense Minister, IDF Chief of General Staff reject criticism in Operation Protective Edge report

Several days before the publication of the State Comptroller’s report about Operation Protective Edge, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon attacked the members of the Security Cabinet.
Ya'alon Photo credit: Chen Galili/ Channel 2 News

2 days before the publication of the State Comptroller’s report about Operation Protective Edge, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon attacked the politicians who sat with him in the Security Cabinet at the time. “Whoever focused on politics in the Cabinet during the war will continue to do so this week,” Ya’alon posted on his Facebook page yesterday.

“In the coming week, you will hear a lot about Operation Protective Edge,” Ya’alon continued. “They’ll tell you they didn’t know, nobody told them. The biggest lie? That we weren’t prepared and we lost. It’s nonsense. There are those who leak and those who fight.”

Meanwhile, IDF Chief of General Staff at the time Benny Gantz also attacked the Comptroller and rejected the criticism written in the report.

Benny Gantz Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

In a closed conference of the Intelligence Corps, he stated that the intelligence that was received was excellent but not always perfect. “I’m willing to enter the next battle with the level of intelligence we had during Protective Edge,” he stated. “Aviv Kochavi was the best Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate that the IDF has had in the past 40 years. I reject all the criticism that was written in the report on this topic.”



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