IDF has already incorporated most lessons from May 2010 Gaza flotilla

The IDF (Zahal) welcomes the State Comptroller’s report and attaches great importance to its findings

Date: 13/06/2012, 1:53 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

State Comptroller Micha Lidenstrauss on Wednesday (June 13) issued a report on the events related to the provocative May 2010 Gaza flotilla.

The IDF (Zahal) welcomes the report and is committed to full cooperation with its authors. The IDF (Zahal) is thoroughly studying the findings and attaches great importance to the process. It should be noted that immediately after the flotilla, without waiting for an external body, the IDF (Zahal) acted in a broad and comprehensive manner to learn lessons from the events and incorporate them quickly.

Within this framework, through which many important lessons were produced, all aspects of dealing with flotillas were looked at, with a broad look toward the future. Most of the lessons have already been implemented and used in dealing with additional flotillas that sought to violate Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Above all, the Turkel Committee found that the action taken by the IDF (Zahal) was justified under international humanitarian law and that the interception of the vessels was legal. The Turkel Committee also found that the training and preparations conducted by the IDF (Zahal) before the action were thorough and that the presence of senior officers, including the then-Navy chief, in the field demonstrated the great seriousness with which the IDF (Zahal) dealt with the entire operation.

As for coordination with other public diplomacy bodies, the IDF (Zahal) and the Spokesperson’s Unit operated in full coordination as much as possible with the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office, in an active and responsible manner.

An IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson’s announcement was delayed due to the approval process between military and political leadership and images from the sea were disseminated later than planned due to higher operational needs and the approval process required by the IDF (Zahal).

In light of these delays, changes were made both by the IDF (Zahal) and the political leadership. Moreover, immediately after the flotilla, lessons were incorporated regarding the quick transferring of visual materials, including the acquiring of advanced means and the adaptation of a new operational concept.