JUSTICE MINISTER AYELET SHAKED called for an end to criticism against the State Comptroller’s office over its report on the 2014 Gaza war.
She said the government must learn the lessons of the Comptroller’s findings.
According to Jerusalem Post, one of the officials who fared best in the report was Shaked’s Jewish Home party boss, Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel, also a Jewish Home representative, echoed Shaked’s sentiment, calling criticism of the Comptroller an embarrassment.
The 2014 Gaza war report is critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. The report said the three concealed information from other cabinet ministers.
The report also said the Netanyahu government failed to exhaust all diplomatic options before heading off to war.
ISRAEL’S CONDITIONS FOR A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE PALESTINIANS would look different today than it would have a couple of years ago because of what’s happening around the region, Israel’s military intelligence chief said.
Israel has to have different systems in place to reach an agreement, Major-General Hertzy HaLevy told the national Israeli news broadcaster.
HaLevy said continued economic development was critical to mitigate Palestinian frustration with the political outlook.
The IDF intelligence chief’s comments came after several Israeli ministers warned that another war with Hamas was imminent.
Israel believes Hamas has built back up its arsenal, redeveloped the underground tunnel system, and sought better relations with Iran after the falling out over Syria.
BREAKING THE SILENCE handed over documents to the state about an IDF soldier being investigated for committing crimes in Gaza during the 2014 war.
The IDF soldier is suspected of committing crimes in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge (TZUK EITAN) on four separate occasions, according to Israeli radio.
Breaking the Silence, a nongovernmental group reviled by the Netanyahu government, documents alleged IDF abuses according to anonymous soldier testimonies.
A GAG ORDER WAS LIFTED on a case about a man who was arrested and charged with joining the Islamic State. The Shin bet apparently arrested the man after he’d bought a one-way ticket to Turkey. He was a member of an online pro-ISIS group.
The man, Vladimir Mazlovsky, had originally immigrated to Israel as a Jew. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he converted to Islam. From there, he was apparently radicalized and joined the Islamic State.
ISIS supporters carried out two casualty-heavy attacks in Tel Aviv last year, and many may be among the dozens of stabbers and car-rammers who’ve cropped up since the outset of the Stabbing Intifada in 2015.
Mazlovsky joins a list of other Israelis of different ethnic backgrounds who’ve been arrested over involvement with or fighting for ISIS.