Ayalon – unimpressed with leadership
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Minister Ayalon: Leaders fail to apply war lessons

Labor party's Ami Ayalon sends angry letter to top officials, charges that Winograd conclusions have not been implemented in handling of Gaza border breach

Scathing criticism against leadership from within the government: Minister Ami Ayalon has reportedly sent a harsh letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and demanded that an urgent cabinet meeting be convened to discuss recent developments in Gaza.


In the letter, Ayalon is particularly interested in discussing the Gaza border breach by Hamas and charges that the failure to hold a cabinet meeting on such strategic issue is tantamount to a failure to adopt the conclusions of the Winograd Commission, which examined the Second Lebanon War.


Officials at Ayalon's office declined to respond to the report or provide the exact content of the letter, which was first exposed by Ynet. In his letter, Ayalon apparently complained that a comprehensive debate on the Gaza border breach has not taken place in the cabinet even though three weeks have passed since then.


'How can they conduct themselves this way?'

Ayalon also charged that in recent weeks he requested that an urgent meeting on the matter be held, but that despite this no such meeting was convened.


One cabinet minister already complained about the issue in a talk with Ynet two days ago.


"Where is the orderly discussion? Where are the working papers of the National Security Agency, the Mossad, the Shin Bet, and the Foreign Ministry?" the minister said. "Where are the government decisions on such a principled matter? How can they conduct themselves like this even before the ink dried on the Winograd Commission's conclusions?"


פרסום ראשון: 02.08.08, 19:54
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