War c'tee pressed on personal conclusions

MK Gal-On says Winograd Committee should not shy away from using the mandate given to it.

October 9, 2007 21:52
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War c'tee pressed on personal conclusions

Gal-On 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

MK Zehava Gal-On on Tuesday wrote to the head of the Winograd Committee of Examination into the Second Lebanon War, demanding to know whether news reports that the committee would not publish personal recommendations in its final report were true. "According to the leaks, it appears that the report will be harsh and include sharp criticism of the prime minister and the political and military echelons, but will not recommend firing anyone," Gal-On wrote to committee chairman Eliahu Winograd. She reminded Winograd that the members of the Kahan Commission, who investigated the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps near Beirut, had written that the commission would not be fulfilling its task if it did not see to it that those who failed to do their jobs properly were punished. The same held true in the case of the Winograd Committee, she continued. "Even if the final report is harsh," wrote Gal-On, "even if it includes sharp criticism as did the interim report which studied the decision-making process of the political echelon which led, among other things, to the final operation of the war in which 33 soldiers were killed. Even if the report includes harsh statements regarding those who were responsible, the fact is that without operational recommendations, the examination will still be important, but it will certainly be insufficient." Meanwhile, The Movement for Quality Government demanded that the committee's final report include personal recommendations and conclusions. In a letter to Winograd, the movement charged that if the reports were true, the committee's decision was unreasonable to an extreme degree, deviated from the mandate and power given to it and undermined public confidence. The committee, therefore, "should change its mind."

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