Families of Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 military assaultÂ on the Gaza Strip said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuÂ is still refusing to form a committee for the purpose of studyingÂ the outcome of the aggression.
In a meeting with the families, Netanyahu devaluedÂ the importance of such a committee, and of its ability to find results.
A father of one of Israeli soldiers said, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that Netanyahu acts like a leader of a gang.
He said that the PMÂ should release the Israeli comptroller’s report on war, stressing that the families of Israeli soldiers want to see the findings of the report, in order to address the failures to which it refers.
ForÂ weeks, Netanyahu has waved off leaks attributed to the comptroller’s report, stressing that no failures were committed in preparing for the wa,r or in solving problems with Gaza’s infamous network of tunnelÂ routes.
A draft of the report, filed by Israeli comptroller Joseph Shapira, leaked last may, and noted political and military failures committed during the 2014 aggression, known as “Operation Protective Edge”.
According to the leaked report, the comptroller first slammed Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaâalon and former militaryÂ Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz for failing to warn the security cabinet about intelligence they had obtained from the Shin Bet (Israeli equivalent of the F.B.I.) about the possibility of war with Hamas, prior to the start of the assault.
The report said that the trio passed on the Shin Betâs warnings only once Israel was already in the midst of the conflict.
Next, the report attacks the trio for failing to hold serious security cabinet meetings about the Hamas tunnel threat, holding only one meeting on the issue in March of 2014, four months before the start of the war.
In July of the same year, the Israeli military officiallyÂ beganÂ an assaultÂ on the region which lasted for 51 days. The aggression claimed the life of over 2,000Â Palestinians —Â most of whom were civilians, including children, disabled and elderly.
On the IsraeliÂ side, 67 Israeli soldiers were killed, includingÂ seven settlers.
See archive IMEMC posts 02/15/15Â AP Investigation: 89% of âProtective Edgeâ Victims Were CiviliansÂ and 09/02/14Â Gaza Cityâs Devastated Al-Shujaâeyya Suburb (VIDEO)Â for furtherÂ info.
(Photo: PNN archive image.)
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.