State comptroller probe to begin into Oct. 7 failures; PM’s Office, IDF urged to cooperate

File- State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman at the Federation of Local Authorities conference in Tel Aviv, December 7, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
File- State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman at the Federation of Local Authorities conference in Tel Aviv, December 7, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman says his office’s probe into the October 7 failures will now start looking at the Israel Defense Forces and urges the prime minister and the army’s chief of staff to tell their offices to cooperate.

“My public and ethical duty as state comptroller is to carry out a comprehensive investigation of the biggest failure in the history of the state,” Englman says, adding that he is looking at the political, military and civilian responses.

“After the investigation began at the political and civilian level, in the Defense Ministry and the various security bodies — it will now begin in a phased manner in the IDF,” Englman says.

He sends a letters to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF chief Herzi Halevi urging their cooperation, saying that until now he has not received it.

The “prime minister and the chief of staff must order their people to act according to the law and cooperate with the investigation teams, in a way that ensures its execution as required by law,” he says.

Halevi had previously raised objections, saying the state comptroller’s examination was unprecedented and would divert the attention of IDF commanders currently conducting operations in Gaza.

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