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Top Navy officers: Establish independent probe into raid

A group of senior Israel Navy officers in the reserves publicly called Sunday on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to establish an independent and external commission of inquiry to investigate last week's Navy operation against the aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip.
"We believe that the operation ended in a disaster on a military and diplomatic level," the reserve officers who served as commanders of Navy ships wrote in the letter.
"We do not agree with the claims that there was an intelligence gap that caused the outcome. In addition, we do not accept the claim that there was a 'PR failure' and believe that the formula chosen ahead of time was doomed to fail."
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