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Israeli watchdog report says Netanyahu's government was ill-prepared for 2014 Gaza war

Israeli watchdog report says Netanyahu's government was ill-prepared for 2014 Gaza war

The Israeli government entered the 2014 Gaza Strip war against the Palestinian militant group Hamas ill-prepared and without a coherent plan to stop the effectiveness of cross-border tunnels used by the group, according to a biting report released Tuesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government did not adequately discuss goals for Gaza and didn’t consider diplomatic alternatives to the standoff with Hamas or warnings by Israeli military officials that Gaza’s economic and infrastructure crisis could help spark an outbreak of hostilities, the official state report said.

Though Israel’s security establishment had highlighted the tunnels for years as a...

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