IDF soldiers near Gaza border 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
IDF branches and the Defense Ministry do not cooperate to enable the
documentation of events within the military for historical purposes, according
to a report published on Tuesday by State Comptroller Micha
The IDF’s History Department does not cover all of the
army, and as a result critical information was not documented, according to the
report, which was written after a six-month investigation.
“Since it is
important for the IDF to document its history so it can bring its official
version of events to the public or to the establishment, it would be appropriate
to set clear rules for the way the research is done, as well as for the
relationship between all of the various units that participate in historical
documentation,” the report said.
Lindenstrauss found, for example, that
the air force, navy and Military Intelligence each operate independent history
departments that are not subordinate to the main IDF History Department, which
works under the O p e r a t i o n s Directorate.
“Some of the departments
do not document events or engage in historical research,” Lindenstrauss wrote.
“Each department works on its own, with different tools and without any
cooperation between them.”
In the IAF, for example, Lindenstrauss found
that the research position had remained empty for two years between 2007 and
2009 and that only NIS 50,000 had been allocated to research the air force’s
critical role in the Six Day War. The Military Intelligence history department,
on the other hand, focuses mostly on the branch’s legacy, while the navy
department does not engage in historical research at all.
“There is no
overall guidance for how this should be done in the long term,” the report said.