State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected to sharply criticize the prime minister and defense minister on Wednesday, in a long-awaited report on the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident and the National Security Council.

On May 31, 2010, the IDF seized control of six vessels en route to Gaza to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled strip. Around 600 flotilla protesters sailed on the Mavi Marmara, specially purchased by the Hamas-linked Turkish Islamic group IHH.

The IDF encountered severe violence from the Mavi Marmara passengers, nine of whom were killed in the ensuing clash.

Several IDF soldiers were also injured. The flotilla incident severely damaged Israel’s relations with Turkey.

Lindenstrauss’s report is expected to examine the way decisions were made at the most senior political and defense levels regarding the flotilla.

The second part of the report is expected to examine the National Security Council (NSC).

Established by government decree in 1999, the NSC is intended to act as a headquarters for the prime minister and his government regarding national security issues.

In 2008, the Knesset passed the National Security Council Act, which sets out the NSC’s roles, and states that the head of the NSC will serve as a national security consultant and that the prime minister is responsible for implementing the act.

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