Retired IDF major-general, Yoav Galant, who is number two on the Kulanu party list, announced that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was aware of the Gaza smuggling tunnels prior to Operation Protective Edge but opted not to act.
In his appearance at a Shabbos cultural event in Rishon L’Tzion Galant told the audience “I am unwilling to live with a tie. With me, the next round in Gaza will be significantly shorter and qualitatively improved. Hamas is not the Red Army as you were led to believe. I do not except that we sit at the negotiating table with Egyptian and US mediators with Israel and Hamas as equals. I am unwilling to accept the Government of Israel permitting 30 tunnels to be constructed towards kindergartens” he concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)