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Knesset Slams Israel’s Preparation for Statehood Bid

A harsh and pessimistic report by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee warns that faulty preparations by the government may result in Israel’s standing being undermined when the Palestinians seek recognition as a state from the UN General Assembly later this month.

According to the report, commissioned by the committee chairman, MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), the government “did not prevent what could have been prevented, and afterward failed to prepare accordingly.”

Over the past few months, the committee has heard briefings from senior government and defense officials on various aspects of what is expected to happen in September. Among those who appeared before the committee were the prime minister, the defense minister, the foreign minister, the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, and the heads of the Shin Bet security service, Military Intelligence and the Mossad.

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