State comptroller: ‘No stone will be left unturned’ in examining failures before, during, after Oct. 7

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, undated. (State Comptroller's Office)
State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, undated. (State Comptroller's Office)

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman announces which facets of the “multi-system failures” on October 7 his office will examine in the coming months, saying “no stone will be left unturned” in examining “personal responsibility” for the “failures on all levels – policy, military and civilian.”

Englman says that among the issues to be examined by his office are the conduct of the government’s security cabinet; the conduct of policy makers and the military on October 7 itself; intelligence preparedness before October 7; the defense posture on the Gaza border before the Hamas invasion; the preparedness of the civilian security squads in the Gaza border region before the war; the funding of Hamas; and the lack of equipment for IDF soldiers.

His office will also review the government’s actions following the outbreak of war, including civilian evacuations from the south and north; evacuating the injured and collecting and identifying the bodies of the victims; access of those harmed in the attack to their rights; and the government’s public diplomacy activities.

Other fields to be examined are the economic and technological aspects of the government’s functioning in connection to the war.

Englman says the functioning of government in these fields will be examined in the period before the October 7 atrocities committed by Hamas, on the day itself, and in the time since.

He also says that the majority of the State Comptroller’s activities in 2024 will be dedicated to examining the October 7 events and everything pertaining to them.

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