Comptroller probing IDF preparation for stopping nuclear Iran

Englman is concerned about the possibility of Israel becoming the victim of cyberattacks.

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman at Tuesday's Maariv Conference. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman at Tuesday's Maariv Conference.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The state comptroller’s office is probing the efforts of the defense establishment and intelligence agencies to prevent the nuclearization of Iran, State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman said on Tuesday, but that due to the sensitivity of the issue, some of the reports would be classified.

“Part of Israel’s resilience is that everyone is subject to oversight, and that includes the defense system, intelligence agencies and the IDF,” Englman said at the Maariv Conference.

Englman said he was concerned about the threat to Israel from cyberattacks, and was investigating whether the Israel Tax Authority had suffered a cyberattack.

“The Tax Authority has one of the most detailed databases on the citizens of Israel,” Englman said. “It is a critical database for the functioning of the economy, so attacking it could cause serious damage.”

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englmann attends a press conference to announce the opening of an investigationn into Israel's Mount Meron disaster, at the State Comptroller offices in Jerusalem, May 3, 2021.  (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)State Comptroller Matanyahu Englmann attends a press conference to announce the opening of an investigationn into Israel's Mount Meron disaster, at the State Comptroller offices in Jerusalem, May 3, 2021. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

On a related note, Englman said the Tax Authority owes NIS 3.6 billion to Israeli citizens.

But key information from Englman’s reports cannot be released without a vote in the Knesset State Control Committee. The committee, scheduled to be headed by an MK from Likud, has not been formed yet, due to the ongoing dispute between the coalition and opposition.