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News ID: 9293
Publish Date: 26 July 2016 - 16:11
His comments came in response to Netanyhu's remarks on Monday about claims made by some, including Bennett, that his government was unprepared for the threat of cross-border tunnel raids from Gaza.
 Bennett took an apparent shot at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, saying that in the case of 2014's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to failure.


Bennett said Tuesday about the 2014 war in Gaza that "every platoon commander learns from past experiences at the end of drills in order to avoid future mistakes and improve. What is true for an infantry platoon is even more true for the State of Israel's security and political leadership." 

His comments came in response to Netanyhu's remarks on Monday about claims made by some, including Bennett, that his government was unprepared for the threat of cross-border tunnel raids from Gaza in the lead-up to the 2014 war. Netanyahu said that those claims were "the opposite of the truth."

Bennett stated that "before the next military campaign we must learn from past mistakes and not deny them. Learning from past mistakes is a badge of confidence and strength."

He added that "whoever does not learn from past mistakes is doomed to repeat them in the future."

The contentious back and forth comes in anticipation of a new State Comptroller’s report slated to be released in the coming months about the government's handling of the war.


According to a leaked version of the report that appeared in May, Netanyahu, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon and ex-IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz face criticism over the cabinet’s alleged lack of preparations on the tunnels.

In a defense of his handling of the tunnel threat, Netanyahu said that his cabinet held discussions on the issue as early as January 2013. According to information seen by The Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu did in fact convene eight cabinet meetings, between January 2013 and the eve of Operation Protective Edge, to specifically address and tackle the issue of tunnels.

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