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Analysis: Lessons on Iran from State Comptroller (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 06/14/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=273699
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Sometime in the coming months, the Israeli government might find itself facing one of the most daunting decisions the country has faced in its 64 years of existence - to attack Iran´s nuclear facilities or to hold its fire and forfeit its destiny into the hands of the United States.
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This question can hardly be compared to the Turkish flotilla which tried to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade over the Gaza Strip in 2010 in its gravity, significance and sense of consequences on an existential level.
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On the other hand, the decision-making process which led up to the flotilla, the way it was carried out, the way the government and the way the military handled the subsequent media fallout, should serve as a red warning light for the Israeli people as its government considers how to act in face of such daunting challenges.
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It is important to note that many of the problems raised in State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss´s two reports released on Wednesday - on the 2010 Turkish flotilla and the National Security Council - have been corrected or at least improved. In the case of the NSC for example, the comptroller clearly states that since his investigation began the NSC is playing today a more active role in the government process.
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Nevertheless, the report on the NSC should be mandatory reading for anyone concerned with the way the government is confronting these future challenges, like Iran.
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Take this one line as an example:
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"The decision-making process at the highest levels of the government on some of the most critical issues for Israel - many which are hidden from the public´s eye - are not handled in the best way possible," Lindenstrauss writes.
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This one line is a direct contradiction of everything Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have tried to portray when it comes to the deliberations regarding Iran and a possible military strike.
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Barak, for example, has more than once claimed that the deliberations and discussions on Iran have never been as comprehensive as they are today. "I have sat in meetings as head of Military Intelligence, as chief of staff, as defense minister and as prime minister and I can say that never before have discussions on one single issue been so thorough and comprehensive," Barak said just a few months ago in a meeting with several reporters.
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Well, Lindenstrauss doesn´t necessarily agree with that. While the focus of his report is on the NSC and its lack of influence within the government process - particularly the prime minister´s failure to give it authority to serve as a body that can provide an alternative perspective from the IDF and the Mossad - his concern should be all of Israel´s concern. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/14/12)
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