Winograd Committee to meet with Olmert and Peretz

September 27, 2006 19:05

The Winograd Government Committee is due to meet on Thursday separately with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz, it was reported on Wednesday afternoon. Mani Ben-Haim, the coordinator of the committee, told The Jerusalem Post that the meetings would be informal and not for the purpose of taking testimony. During the meetings, Olmert and Peretz will brief the members of the committee on some of the issues they will be dealing with during their investigation of the performance of the government and the defense establishment during the war against the Hizbullah in July and August. Ben-Haim also described the talks as "get-acquainted meetings." On Wednesday, the committee met Chief of Staff Dan Halutz in the same circumstances. The committee's formal meetings and hearing of testimony are still a long way off. The staff of information gatherers had not yet been hired and the venue of the hearings, which will be in the Tel Aviv area, was not yet ready for occupancy.

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