Bennett and Eizenkot attempt to repair relationship between IDF and cabinet

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett sat down today for an unusual meeting after the state comptroller criticized the relationship between senior-level IDF officials and Security Cabinet members in his Operation Protective Edge report.
Eizenkot and Bennett Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett met with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot for an unusual meeting after the state comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge was released. During the meeting, the two discussed the report, which described the relationship between senior-level IDF officials and Security Cabinet members as strained. The purpose of the meeting, which was apparently organized by the National Security Council, was to relieve the tensions.

Both Bennett and Eizenkot refused to give more details about the meeting. However, the meeting was most likely part of the efforts to establish a different relationship between the IDF senior-level officials and cabinet members, one that will give the ministers access to additional material about the country’s security matters.

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As reported earlier this week by JOL, the report revealed that the IDF entered the operation without any clear strategies to eradicate the tunnel threat. State Comptroller Joseph Shapira’s report also criticized the cabinet for not functioning properly and its members for debating the goals of the operation while soldiers were fighting in Gaza. Israel’s state comptroller also stated in the report that some of the goals of operation were not achieved due to the major gaps in intelligence, lack of IDF preparations and the cabinet’s decision-making process.



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