'Senior level mistakes' in Israel boat raid
Mistakes were made at a "relatively senior" level during the planning and execution of Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat which left nine Turkish nationals dead, an internal military probe found on Monday.Updated: Jul 12, 2010 20:45 IST
Mistakes were made at a "relatively senior" level during the planning and execution of Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat which left nine Turkish nationals dead, an internal military probe found on Monday.
"Mistakes were made in the various decisions taken, including within relatively senior ranks, which contributed to the result not being as we would have wished," retired general Giora Eiland told reporters in Tel Aviv, presenting the results of the investigation.
"In this inquiry we found that there were some professional mistakes regarding both the intelligence and the decision-making process," said Eiland, who chaired the panel tasked with examining how the operation unfolded and learning lessons from it.
The Eiland Committee began its work on June 7, exactly a week after the botched naval raid in international waters, which also left dozens injured and provoked an international outcry against Israel.
Eiland had on Sunday presented the team's conclusions to Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and other military top brass who were involved in the preparations and in the actual boarding of the flotilla.
A summary of the key findings was also presented to Defence Minister Ehud Barak, the military said in a statement.
First Published: Jul 12, 2010 20:43 IST