IDF Begins Internal Review of Operational Failures

Palestinians take control of an Israeli tank after crossing the border fence with Israel from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 7, 2023. (ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi has ordered an internal investigation into the operational shortcomings leading up to the Oct. 7 terror attack.

The inquiry will include top-ranking officers from various units such as the Operations Directorate, Southern Command, Gaza Division, and Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 8200. This review is expected to be finalized by the end of the month, with an interim report scheduled for release as early as June.

The army’s probes are aimed at drawing operational conclusions for the military, and will not look into the policies of the political leadership.

Additionally, Halevi has approved the resumption of appointments for high-ranking commanders, with division and brigade commander positions being filled first. Subsequent discussions will cover appointments for lieutenant colonels and majors. However, roles related to ongoing investigations will remain vacant for the time being, prioritizing the fast and thorough completion of the current review.

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