Findings to be presented by July 4th, 2010

 IDF appoints internal team of experts to examine flotilla operation


IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi has appointed Maj. Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland to head a team of experts in order to examine the flotilla operation and establish lessons from the event.

Maj. Gen. Eiland (Res.) and his team are to determine the outcomes and lessons learnt from the operation. The team will analyze the various investigations already being carried out within the IDF regarding the operation, looking into the findings found in common.

A team of experts was appointed due to the great significance the IDF attributes to reviewing the operation on May 31st, 2010 to enforce the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip. 

The team of experts will present its findings to the IDF Chief of the General Staff by July 4th, 2010.

The team is also made up of Brig. Gen. (Res.) Aviv Kohavi, the former head of the Operations Division, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yuval Halamish, former head of the IDF Intelligence and a senior member of the Israeli National Security Council, and Col. (Res.) Ben Tzion Daabul, the former head of the Israel Navy Operational Branch and a senior figure at the defense establishment’s controller’s bureau.

A team of experts differs from an investigative team in that it is made up of a group of professionals with expertise on the matter, and were not a part of the operational chain of command during this specific incident. The IDF carries out examinations and investigations of various operations and exercises of this kind routinely and following Operation Cast Lead.