'There were faults that need correcting'

IDF chief willing to adopt conclusions of military probe.

July 12, 2010 18:52
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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

ashkenazi GOOD 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)


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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday in response to the internal military probe into Gaza flotilla raid incident that there were faults that need to be corrected and the IDF will make efforts to carry out these corrections. .

Ashkenazi announced that he was willing to adopt the conclusions of the internal military probe that was published Monday.

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Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, who headed the probe, presented 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.

Ashkenazi said that internal IDF investigations found no evidence of negligence by the fighters during the operation.

The Chief of Staff thanked the team led by experts for the fundamental and comprehensive investigation that was presented Monday morning.

"This type of specialist investigation is part of the foundations of the organizational structure of the IDF as a controlled, transparent body that is able to learn lessons. The aim is to always improve in order to cope with all the challenges that are put in front of us," Ashkenazi said.

Ashkenazi expressed his appreciation for Navy Squadron 13, which he said had showed him in the past three and a half years its unique capabilities in taking control of ships.

"We continue to send our soldiers every day into the air, land and the sea to operations that pose a greater risk than that of the raid in question," Ashkenazi added.

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