"We avoided disaster on a scale we can not imagine," said former education minister and former security cabinet member Naftali Bennett in response to the findings of an investigation into the botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip in November, Army Radio reported.
"This was one of the most difficult and complex operations ever done by Israel's special ops. It is natural that from time to time there are failures," Bennett added.
The report into the botched commando raid was concluded on Sunday, and presented to and accepted by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi. The special review committee was established by the military to examine and learn from the raid which took place in Khan Yunis on November 11, 2018.
The raid in Khan Yunis left an IDF lieutenant-colonel dead and another officer moderately injured. Six Hamas terrorists, including Khan Yunis commander Nur Barakeh, were also killed in the gun battle.
According to the investigation, the exchange of fire between Hamas and the IDF lasted about a minute and a half. Following the shootout, it was decided to call in an air force helicopter to extract all of the soldiers, including the dead officer.
Anna Ahronheim and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.
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