Comptroller asked to probe alleged Mengistu cover-up

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira was asked Friday to investigate why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not inform the security cabinet or Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that there were two Israelis missing in the Gaza Strip for months.

The call came from Zionist Union MK Yoel Hasson, a former chairman of the Knesset State Control Committee who said he was convinced Shapira had to become involved in the case of Ashkelon resident Avera Mengistu and an unnamed Beduin from Hura.

“I don’t understand how the prime minister can hide information and act without any oversight from the Knesset,” Hasson said. “It gives me goosebumps to see members of the security cabinet and chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee admit they were uninformed. A state purporting to be democratic cannot allow such a blunder.”


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