Peeling the Onion – Two Years Later

Israeli state comptroller Lindenstrauss published today his long awaited report on the Mavi Marmara fiasco (full copy here).

After two years of work, here are his main findings:

  • The decision making process was unsystematic and uncoordinated
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu did not instruct for an integrated policy on how to handle the Gaza flotilla
  • Netanyahu had individual meetings with Defence Minister Barak and Foreign Minister Lieberman; these meetings went undocumented
  • The meeting of the “septet” forum of ministers took place informally and at the last minute, with no preparation, and with no IDF or security forces presence

On June 6, 2010, six days after the Gaza flotilla incident, I wrote a blog post entitled “Peeling the Onion”. Here is an extract from that post:

I would not be surprised, if we ever do get to learn the full truth, that Barak and Netanyahu planned this operation among themselves. Or, more accurately, Barak planned and Netanyahu approved. This would not be the first time that Barak over-confidence leads to screw-ups and it would not be the first time Netanyahu misjudges the capabilities of his Defence Minister. Netanyahu is a weak Prime Minister, despite his public image.

Two years on and the duo Bibi-Barak is still in power. God only knows what goes on behind closed doors when these two sit and talk about things such as what to do about nuclear Iran. God help us.

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