Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Ganz has spoken out against the State Comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge, the IDF’s counter terrorism operation in Gaza in the summer of 2014.
Ganz explains that one cannot win a war without accurate intelligence, praising former Chief of Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi as the best head of intelligence in the IDF in the past forty years. He explained that despite the report’s view of the military operation, intelligence was excellent during Protective Edge, albeit not perfect as is always the case.
He disagreed with those who opine taking Gaza would have led to too many casualties, stating “We could have conquered Gaza”, adding he would be willing to fight another war with the same intelligence they had during Protective Edge.
Ganz explained to Yediot Achronot the military was ordered to hurt Hamas badly as well as its tunnel infrastructure and this was accomplished. It was clear from his statements the IDF was not ordered to destroy the Gaza regime or conquer the area.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)