Israeli state comptroller slams Mossad in first-ever public report

11:02, March 30, 2011      

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Israel's secretive Mossad spy shop came in for a first-ever public drubbing by the state comptroller in a tripartite report released Tuesday afternoon that focused on the conduct and administrative performance of the country's defense, military and security echelons.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss pointed to what he termed "significant deficiencies" in the administration of the country's overseas intelligence service, saying that "significant and worrisome harm has been done to 'best practices' standards" in the logistics branch, and noted inefficiency and waste in the legendary security service, according to Army Radio.

"The head of the Mossad must act as soon as possible to investigate the reasons for the defects, to correct them and draw the appropriate conclusions on both the systemic and personal levels," Lindenstrauss wrote.

Additionally, Lindenstrauss called on "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the relevant ministerial committees to enhance the supervision of projects carried out by the organization."

The critique did not mention Mossad operations which remain confidential, according to the Ma'ariv Hebrew daily.

Lindenstrauss also criticized the Defense Ministry and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in construction planning, noting the absence of tenders, and not ensuring the implementation of a master plan for building and proper administration.

"Deficiencies were found in construction and many of them very serious, including lack of orderly planning of construction projects, the absence of a tender requirement, a significant increase in costs and gaps of tens of percent between estimates for proposals in tenders, indicating improper conduct in implementing construction projects," the report said of military infrastructure projects.

Lindenstrauss also criticized the IDF's use of state lands. The army directly and indirectly holds nearly 40 percent of the country's state lands, about 8.7 million acres, using them for military camps and training and free-fire zones, according to the report, which was submitted to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

"State lands are a national resource, vital to building and development, the lack which has only grown. As the country develops and the population increases, so does the need for land throughout the country, especially in densely populated central regions," Lindenstrauss wrote.

Source: Xinhua
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