Winograd: Striking Iran could endanger the future of Israel

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September 2, 2012 10:17
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Former Supreme Court justice Eliyahu Winograd, who headed the committee which probed the failures of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, came out against a possible unilateral strike on Iran Sunday, saying that such an attack could "endanger the future of Israel."

Speaking in an interview with Army Radio, Winograd questioned the whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had taken into account the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War as laid out by the Winograd Committee. "I am not convinced that the decision-makers will implement the findings of that report," he said, adding, "If that is the case we are all in big trouble."

The Winograd Committee report found that Israel's political echelon failed in planning the Second Lebanon War and did not consult with the military leadership sufficiently.

On Sunday Winograd lashed out at Netanyahu and Barak for advocating a strike on Iran despite senior defense establishment officials having voiced opposition to a strike. "All of the heads of the defense establishment, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Mossad, both former and current, and Military Intelligence, everyone is saying 'Don't attack!', and only Barak and Netanyahu have decided yes?"

Winograd also questioned the preparedness of the Home Front to withstand the likely barrage of missiles that would follow an attack on Iran.

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