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State Comptroller Yosef Shapira
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State comptroller to launch inquiry into decision-making in Gaza op
Following accusations Israel has broken international law during Operation Protective Edge, Shapira to examine state's conduct during the offensive.

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira announced Wednesday that he has decided to launch an inquiry into the decision-making process in both the political and military leadership during Operation Protective Edge.

 

 

In addition, Shapira will investigate the IDF and Israeli government's investigation mechanisms.

 

A statement from the state comptroller's office said he decided to launch the investigation following accusations Israel has broken international law, and that it does not investigate the IDF's actions according to international law requirements.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu holding consultations in his office with Defense Minister Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gantz (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)
Prime Minister Netanyahu holding consultations in his office with Defense Minister Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gantz (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)

 

The inquiry will take into consideration international law, Supreme Court rulings, conclusions of previous reports and conclusions of previous public inquiry commissions. One such commission examined Israel's mechanisms of investigation and inquiry of complaints and accusations of violations of international warfare law. This commission set out guidelines for the work of these mechanisms.

 

The comptroller also decided that the defense establishment's internal inspection of the terror tunnels threat in different sectors will be expanded to include additional issues, such as the homefront's preparedness and the Homefront Command's operations during the Gaza offensive, with an emphasis on defense policies, Israeli deterrence, ensuring bomb-protection for all civilians within rocket range, the treatment of population on the front line and its PR policies.

 

The state comptroller's office has recently received dozens of complaints about Operation Protective Edge.

 

"This is a complex task. In light of that, the state comptroller has instructed an inter-divisional inspection," the statement from the comptroller's office said.

 

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