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Why Did the Government Dally on the Terror Tunnel Threat?

Arutz 7–MK Amnon Cohen (Shas), chair of the Knesset’s State Control Committee, ordered State Comptroller Yosef Shapira to investigate the government and Security Cabinet’s decisions during Operation Protective Edge–with a special emphasis on readiness for Hamas’s terror tunnels. In a committee meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Cohen argued that the whole government, and in particular the Cabinet, knew very well about the threat of Hamas attack tunnels entering Israel long before Operation Protective Edge.

One tunnel described by the IDF as new and advanced was discovered as early as March. In fact the State Comptroller wrote a report about the tunnels a full eight years ago said Cohen, while adding that the security system had come “a serious part of the way” in confronting the threat. In the meeting which was closed to media, Shapira said he is preparing a special report on the topic that will be published in the coming months. Cohen requested that he include the management of the security system, the IDF, intelligence sources and the military industries through Operation Protective Edge. Indeed, the tunnels were used lethally against IDF soldiers by Hamas as it breached the ceasefire.

By Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar

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