Comptroller to blame Netanyahu, Barak for failures of Gaza flotilla raid
Lindenstruass is expected to center his criticism on Netanyahu, and to say that the prime minister's preparations ahead of the 2010 maritime takeover were scattered and superficial.
An official report due to be published later Wednesday is expected to criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Israel Defense Forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi for inadequate preparation ahead of Israel's military raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
In May 2010, a team of navy commandos raided a Turkish flotilla en route to the Gaza Strip, in a takeover that resulted in the death of nine Turkish nationals.
Ankara has instated that Israel apologized for the incident, and compensated the victim's families, something which Israel has refused to do.
The 153-page report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss deals the government's conduct prior to the maritime takeover, as well as the implementation of the National Security Council (NSC) law, and the conduct of the National Information Directorate.
Lindenstruass is expected to center his criticism on Netanyahu, and to say that the prime minister's preparations ahead of the raid were scattered and superficial, and that he did not hold orderly discussions in the appropriate settings, despite the lessons of the Winograd Committee following the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
The comptroller is also expected to criticize Barak for not allowed structured debate among senior cabinet members concerning the IDF's operational plan, and for blocking ministers who attempted to question the plan.
In addition, Lindenstruass is expected to discuss the conduct of Ashkenazi and Israel Navy chief Eliezer Marom, citing them for not presenting the government with other alternatives to a military raid by navy commandos.
Concerning the NCS, the comptroller focuses his criticism on Netanyahu again, saying that the premier emptied out the security body from any meaning, pushed it out of decision making processes and regularly violated the NCS law.
On the National Information Directorate, Lindenstruass located what he says were several flaws in the Israel's media response and coverage of the event.
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