Israel’s political establishment is waiting with anticipation for the release of what some are calling a scathing report by the state comptroller about flaws in the execution of the 2014 war against Hamas by the three main protagonists – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and then-IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz.
Channel 2 and the liberal daily Haaretz reported on Thursday that the report will include harsh criticism of all three figures. Those who have seen the contents of the report say that it is more damning than the Winograd Commission report which probed the Olmert government and the army’s handling of the 2006 Lebanon conflict.
Aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday assailed the comptroller, retired judge Yosef Shapira, for leaking details of the report to the press.
“This report is not a serious one, written by a comptroller who isn’t serious and who looks to generate newspaper headlines and leaks the main points of the report before it is released,” a source close to the premier said. “We reject the claims in the report if indeed this is what appears there.”