IDF chief, State Comptroller discuss plans to investigate failures around Oct. 7 massacre

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Left: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi gives a statement to the media at an army base in southern Israel, December 26, 2023; Right: State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman walk at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on December 28, 2022. (Flash90)
Left: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi gives a statement to the media at an army base in southern Israel, December 26, 2023; Right: State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman walk at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on December 28, 2022. (Flash90)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi met earlier today with State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, amid plans by the latter to investigate the multiple failures that occurred before, during and after the Hamas terror group’s October 7 massacre.

The meeting, at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, “was held in good spirits out of a common desire to act without harming the fighting,” the military and the State Comptroller’s Office say in a joint statement.

The statement says staff from the army and Englman’s office will begin joint discussions over the investigation, after which the two will meet again.

Last month, Halevi penned a letter to Englman asking him to delay the planned probe, claiming it would “divert the attention of the commanders from the fighting, will damage the operational investigation ability, and will not allow drawing necessary lessons to achieve the goals of the war.”

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