Winograd testimonies out Thursday

Statements of Olmert, Halutz, Peretz discussed in security cabinet today.

May 9, 2007 05:19
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The Winograd Committee is set to publish the testimonies of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz on Thursday at 9 a.m. Israel Radio reported that the committee, probing the failures of the Second Lebanon War had brought forward the publication date for the protocols, which was originally meant to be two weeks after the publication of the Winograd interim report. Meanwhile, the security cabinet discussed the confidential sections of the report on Wednesday morning. On April 14, the state informed the High Court of Justice that the Winograd Committee would begin publishing the censored testimony of the witnesses two weeks after it released its interim report, starting with those of the prime minister, the defense minister and the former chief of staff. The announcement came in response to a High Court demand that the state provide a timetable for the publication of the testimony. The demand for the timetable was originally included in a petition filed by Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On, who also asked the court to order the Winograd Committee to publish the censored testimonies before it published the interim report. On Tuesday, opposition and coalition MKs signed a petition to force Olmert to explain to the Knesset his "refusal to resign following the Winograd Report." In addition, three no-confidence motions were filed the previous day against the government on the basis of the its scathing criticism in the report. Sheera Claire Frenkel, Dan Izenberg and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report

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