IDF got off too easy over botched flotilla raid

It presented a plan it knew would be disastrous, leaving the government with no good options.

June 18, 2012 11:34
IDF naval soldiers intercept Gaza-bound ship

IDF intercepts flotilla ship 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesman's Office)

Kudos to Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin for having the guts to speak the truth. The botched raid on a Turkish-sponsored flotilla to Gaza in 2010, he told the Knesset State Control Committee last week, was due first and foremost to poor planning by the Israel Defense Forces.

This isn’t to say that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak don’t richly deserve the coals of fire heaped on their heads by last week’s state comptroller’s report on the flotilla. The first rule of government is “don’t believe everything your generals tell you,” and their failure to heed that rule led directly to the raid’s bloody consequences: nine naval commandos wounded and nine of their Turkish assailants killed.


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