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  6/14/2012, Sivan 24, 5772

Chen: Comptroller Missed Mark on Flotilla


Brigadier General (reserves) Amatzia Chen said, Thursday, that State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss missed the mark in his report on the political echelon's handling of the 2010 attempt by the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara to break the Gaza naval blockade. Nine Turkish citizens were killed after they attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the boat to divert it to the port of Ashdod.

Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Chen said the operation was handled in a careless manner and that when Israeli helicopters were over the ship, tactics should have changed on the spot in the field. He said to blame the political echelon was ridiculous. He added that while there may have been grounds for criticizing then-Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, the situation did not even dictate the involvement of a high-ranking officer. He added that the various investigative panels that have been appointed have harmed the decision-making  process in the field, and that the Israel Defense Forces have to narrow the gap between theory and practice.