IDF probe: Army didn't have ‘Plan B’ for flotilla op

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July 12, 2010 17:40

A series of operational and intelligence mistakes led to the botched raid in late May aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship that was trying to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza  Strip, according to an internal military probe into the incident.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, who headed the probe, presented Monday a 100-page report to the IDF General Staff in which he listed a number of “mistakes” that he said were made in the planning stage of the operation.

As expected, the report refrained from issuing personal recommendations against IDF officers although it did refer to a number of mistakes that were made by the most senior levels in the IDF. 

In the raid by commandos from the Navy’s Flotilla 13 – known as the Shayetet – nine Turkish nationals were killed and 10 commandos were injured.


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