Comment and Opinion

Jerusalem Post editorial: Learning from mistakes

The next conflict with Hamas-ruled Gaza is not a question of if but one of when.

It has been more than two years since Operation Protective Edge. Yet despite reports of infighting within the cabinet and allegations that the military echelon withheld information from the political leadership, no official investigation has been published of the decision-making process before, during and after the 50-day-long war.

For the sake of comparison, it took the Winograd Committee just eight months to publish its preliminary report on the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

On Tuesday there was another delay in the release of a credible report that could shed light on what happened in the summer of 2014. A Knesset subcommittee postponed a vote that was expected to give a green light to the publication of a state comptroller’s report on the war. Apparently, the delay was out of concern that sensitive security information would be released.

While we understand the need to protect classified information, it is essential that the non-classified parts of the state comptroller report be published as soon as possible.

Only through its publication is there hope that the report will lead to a real change in the security cabinet’s decision-making process. The government also has a moral responsibility to the families of fallen soldiers who deserve to know what happened. Published reports have an impact.

Read the full article in the Jerusalem Post.