Lindenstrauss slams IDF for not clearing urban bases

State comptroller report reveals serious flaws exist regarding IDF construction issues; discrepancies found in Mossad logistics units.

311_Micha Lindenstrauss (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
311_Micha Lindenstrauss
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss released a report published Monday that focused on the serious failures by the various security services with regards to logistics and construction issues. As part of "Report 61A," Lindenstrauss points out that the IDF, who own nearly 55 thousand dunams of land either near or in urban centers, take too long to clear bases and return them to the state.
Many of the bases are abandoned and also seriously damaged, the report stated. The state comptroller suggested that this situation arises because of the security services' considerations regarding the possibility of selling the land in the future.
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Lindenstrauss said in the report that "the trend of the IDF not clearing bases is one of the central obstructions that effects the sale of land used for real estate in the central region."
The state comptroller also examined the conduct of logistics units within the Mossad, and also found serious deficiencies.
Among other things, failures relating to the lack of planning during construction projects were found. Gaps of over ten percent were revealed between construction cost estimates submitted by tenders compared with final expenditures.
"The collection of discrepancies reflect a significant step away from the correct procedures, worrying inefficiencies and a waste of funds," Lindenstrauss wrote in the report.