The committee in charge of Israel’s internal military inquiry into its Gaza Flotilla attack blamed the deadly onslaught on the army’s insufficient preparation.
Retired Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland hinted on Monday that the army and government did not take enough time to prepare for the arrival of the Flotilla, Israel’s Ynet news website reported.
"When we wait for an incident to happen, the number of responses is limited. However, if we prepare several months in advance, the range of possibilities at our disposal becomes wider," he said.
The comment was the first by Eiland since he was appointed to head the military probe to look into the May 31 attack and the consequent death of eight Turk nationals and one Turkish-American teenager aboard the civilian convoy.
Parallel to the army probe, Israel has set up another internal inquiry into the legal aspects of the move to alleviate the world’s anger over the lethal attack and escape from a much-called-for international investigation into the incident.
The so-called Turkel committee, however, is far from the international community’s demands for impartiality. The five-member panel includes only two foreign observers who have no saying on the proceedings or conclusions of the probe.