IDF chief of staff backs PM on detente with Turkey

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March 24, 2013 17:20

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz expressed on Sunday support
for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to reach a detente
with Turkey through an apology over the result of the naval raid on
the Turkish flotilla.

"The cutting of relations have many consequences, and the prime
minister acted correctly," Gantz said. At the same time, the chief of
staff stressed that fully supported the actions of naval commandos who
participated in the raid on violent IHH activists on board the Mavi
Marvara ship in 2010.

He described the raid as "professional, determined, and ethical. Any
other army would have completed this with dozens of dead. The
commandos carried out a good operation," Gantz added.

He expressed confidence that the commandos understood the factors that
led the prime minister to reach out to Turkey.


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