On Political and Real Responsibility

August 11, 2010 at 05:17 3 comments

The Tirkel Committee investigating the events surrounding the boarding of the Flotilla to Gaza in the end of May has started to hear testimonies this week.

The first one to give testimony was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Monday, he declared that he was ultimately responsible since he’s the Prime Minister. But, he added, he was abroad after all, so in practical terms Ehud Barak made all the decisions.

Yesterday, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak was summoned to the committee. He, too, took full responsibility for the events. That is, full political responsibility. In practical terms, he stressed, it was the army that made all the practical decisions.

Today it’s Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi’s turn to testify before the Tirkel Committee. Let’s see if someone will finally assume some real responsibility, or if he too will pass it on to someone else lower down in the political food chain.

UPDATE: Ashkenazi did indeed assume full responsibility without hinting that it really lies elsewhere. More interestingly, perhaps, was his statement that the IDF didn’t know that IHH was a hostile organization. Can that really be? Is there no one in all of the intelligence establishment in this country who speaks Turkish? Not a single one?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna  |  August 11, 2010 at 06:03

    Or higher up in the political food chain, which in my view would be the correct option. You really can’t blame the army for solving problems like an army.

    I saw a very interesting interview with Eitan Haber discussing the very Israeli phenomenon of always relying on the army for everything, here http://www.ifat.com/VT/Trans.aspx?ID=3245705&CID=105335

    In my book, Netanyahu is responsible, abroad or not, and also Barak.

  • 2. George  |  August 11, 2010 at 15:31

    A Haaretz opinion put it interestingly: shove it to the army because the army will not be allowed to be interviewed, except for Ashkenazi who is leaving anyway.

  • 3. The Hardest Word « A Blog of Two Cities  |  August 17, 2010 at 14:24

    […] would seem that the ability to accept responsibility displayed by the Chief of Staff Ashkenazi the other day doesn’t extend all the way down through the […]


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